One of the main issues concerning serious illnesses and palliative care is patients may not always be able to explain to their doctor what treatment they do, and do not want. Given the current state of medical science, this is potentially problematic, as it can result in patients who do not have much time left being subject to procedures which are, ultimately, of little practical benefit. This can be distressing both for the patient and their family, as it can deny the patient the chance to end their life as peacefully as possible.
The law has evolved ways for people to make their intentions known even if at that time they are not capable of giving instructions to a doctor. In England and Wales, following the Mental Capacity Act 2005, there is a specific legislative framework for making an ‘advanced decision’ setting out exactly what treatment/s a person does not consent to, this means a medical professional will not be legally allowed to carry out those treatments.
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