Paul Tully, SPUC's general secretary, said: "We are profoundly
concerned because the legal issues raised by this case weren't
properly aired in the legal hearings.
"This case is different in very significant ways from previous cases
in which Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss has ruled that vital care can be
withdrawn. On the face of it, the decision could radically change the
"Public policy mustn't be formed on the basis of individual cases of this kind where medical evidence is not properly examined or challenged."