UK public calls for legislation over living wills

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 28 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:955
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Two out of three Britons favour an act of parliament making living wills legally binding on doctors, according to a survey by the polling company MORI for the Patients Association.

    The poll of 1960 adults, published last week, found 65% in favour of legislation and only 21% against. The rest either answered “don't know” or wanted more information before deciding. Living wills (or advance directives) allow patients to express their wishes in advance about what treatment they will accept …

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