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Doctors and lawyers unite on incapacity laws

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7025.203 (Published 27 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:203

The BMA and the Law Society last week issued a guide plotting a path for doctors and lawyers through the minefield of assessing an individual's mental capacity. It covers a range of issues including ability to consent to a sexual relationship, to refuse or consent to medical treatment or taking part in research, and even to vote.

The guide was launched at a conference hosted by the two professional bodies to discuss the Law Commission's proposals to reform the law affecting mentally incapacitated people. But only …

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