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Appoint someone to make medical decisions if you are incapacitated, BMA says

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39174.355891.DB (Published 05 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:711
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The BMA is advising people in England and Wales to consider appointing a relative or friend to make medical decisions for them if they lose capacity, in the light of legislation coming into force next October.

    The advice came as the BMA launched a revised guide for UK doctors on withholding and withdrawing treatment that takes account of new legislation on mental capacity and the results of a series of high profile court cases since the last guidance in 2001.

    The court cases include “right to life” cases brought by the parents of the severely handicapped baby Charlotte Wyatt and by Leslie Burke, a man with a degenerative condition who wanted a court declaration that artificial feeding and hydration …

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