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Code sets out framework for “living wills”

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7542.623-a (Published 16 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:623
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    A code of practice under the new Mental Capacity Act for doctors and others who deal with people who cannot take decisions for themselves was issued in draft for consultation last week. The draft code, which applies to England and Wales, sets out how capacity should be assessed, how advance directives on treatment will operate, and how decisions about treatment should be taken once the act is in operation.

    The act, which is expected to come into force in April 2007, sets out a statutory framework …

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