A matter of life and death

Abrey, Julia
March 2005
Lawyer;3/7/2005, Vol. 19 Issue 9, p24
Trade Publication
The article reports that through the Mental Capacity Bill's in Great Britain, patients will be able to make advance decisions about the treatment they receive. This Bill has been a long time in its gestation. The background to the bill was a series of Law Commission reports in the early 1990s followed by a number of consultation papers culminating in the draft bill published in June 2003. The bill was to provide a statutory framework to empower and protect vulnerable people who may not be able to make their own decisions. This was to make it clear who can make decisions, in which situations and how they should go about it, which would enable people to plan ahead for a time when they might lose capacity.


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