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Power of attorney change in England and Wales

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 24 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:211
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    People in England and Wales will be able to appoint friends or family members to take healthcare decisions if they lose the ability to make their own decisions, under reforms to be unveiled in October.

    A new “continuing power of attorney,” drawn up when the giver has full mental capacity, will come into effect if capacity is …

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