Bill will set up court of protection for those lacking mental capacityBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7438.484 (Published 27 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:484
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
The UK government announced improvements this week to a long awaited bill that gives statutory recognition to advance directives or “living wills” and creates a new right for people to appoint friends or relatives to take decisions about their medical treatment if they become mentally incapable in the future.
The draft Mental Incapacity Bill will be renamed the Mental Capacity Bill to emphasise the principle that people should take decisions for themselves wherever possible.
The bill is designed to plug a long recognised gap in the law of England and Wales whereby no one has power …