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Doctors must honour living wills,

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6984.895b (Published 08 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:895

Refusals of treatment in living wills are legally binding and must be respected by doctors, warns a new code of practice on advance directives. The code, drawn up by the BMA with the medical and nursing royal colleges, covers all advance statements made by mentally competent patients in Britain to take effect in the event of future incapacity. These can include a statement …

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