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Adults will be able to appoint proxies to make health decisions

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 06 November 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1218
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The UK government is to legislate to allow adults to appoint friends or relatives to take healthcare decisions for them if they later become too incapacitated to decide for themselves.

    Under plans for England and Wales unveiled last week by the lord chancellor, Lord Irvine, any adult of full capacity will be able to draw up a continuing power of attorney authorising the chosen proxy to consent to or refuse treatment …

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