Removing safeguards Patients suffering from brain damage have lost an ‘important safeguard’ that protects their lives, campaigners said in response to a Supreme Court decision on 30 July. The Christian Institute photo: iStock The judge ruled that if families and doctors agree to withdraw food and fluids, they can do so without a court’s permission. subscribe now Join today to gain access to the rest of this article and many others. more info login If you are already a subscriber, log in to continue. log in access code If you have an access code, enter it here: Go free trial Get free access for 14 days: Sign up Click here to find out how we take care of your personal data.