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Living wills will have to specify treatments that patient is refusing

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 29 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1035
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Advance directives—also called living wills—will have to specify clearly the treatments a patient is refusing, under improvements announced last week to legislation which will put them on a statutory footing.

    The constitutional affairs minister, Lord Filkin, outlined a range of changes to the Mental Incapacity Bill after recommendations by interest groups and by a parliamentary committee scrutinising the bill.

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    Michael Schiavo is fighting to have the feeding tube removed from his wife, Terri, who has been in a coma in Flo rida for 13 years. Living wills should make such cases unnecessary

    Credit: CHRIS …

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