End of life care: Patients in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) or similar condition

126. If you are considering withdrawing nutrition or hydration from a patient in PVS or a condition closely resembling PVS, the courts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland currently require that you approach them for a ruling. The courts in Scotland have not specified such a requirement, but you should seek legal advice on whether a court ruling may be necessary in an individual case.