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Advance directives

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 17 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1604

Approved guidelines are now required

  1. Paul A J Hardy
  1. Consultant anaesthetist Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester GL1 3NN

    EDITOR,—While it is useful to know that the Law Commission has followed the House of Lords in appearing to support the concept of advance directives,1 2 it is disappointing that more formal guidelines have not been suggested or approved. Keeping concepts in loose terms may satisfy the lawyers, who may in turn make incomes out of the loopholes, but this will not help …

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