Nurses will be able to decide that a dying patient should not be resuscitated under controversial new guidelines.
Until now, only GPs and consultants could say whether there was any point in continuing efforts to save a life.
But guidance issued last night by the British Medical Association will allow 'suitably experienced nurses' to make this crucial decision.
Patients' groups criticised the move, calling it 'another nail in the coffin' of the safety of the elderly and vulnerable which would condemn many to an 'early death sentence'.
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