Mental Capacity Act

The Mental Capacity Act 2: Patient Advocacy and Ethics

Lynch, T. (2008) The Mental Capacity Act 2: patient advocacy and ethics. Nursing Times; 104: 43, 26–27.

This article discusses possible ethical and legal dilemmas in the interpretation of both the act and its code of practice.

My heros: Muslim doctors who refuse to starve patients to death

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26 September 2007

By Jill Parkin

None of us likes to imagine such a terrible fate, but this much I do know: If I am ever in a coma I would like to be treated by Muslim or Catholic doctors, because if they're in charge, at least I know I will not be starved to death.

How extraordinary to think that in doing so - in the simple act of keeping me alive - they could be breaking the law.

Ethicists: Vatican text encourages British docs to defy living wills

By Simon Caldwell

Catholic News Service

LONDON (CNS) – Medical ethicists in Britain said a Vatican document reiterating that it is a moral obligation to provide food and water to patients in a vegetative state will encourage doctors to defy living wills.

Anthony Ozimic, political director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, said the document released Sept. 14 by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was "highly significant" for England and Wales, where the Mental Capacity Act will take effect Oct. 1.

Doctors of Defiance


September 24, 2007 Monday

BY Simon Caldwell AND Daniel Martin


MUSLIM doctors warned yesterday that they would rather go to jail than allow patients to die in accordance with 'living wills'.

The new Mental Capacity Act allows patients to write the wills, instructing doctors not to try to save them if they become incapacitated.

Agonising death to be legalised in UK

July 2 2007
by Our Correspondent, South Wales Echo

DO doctors, carers and families realise that in October 2007 resulting from the passing of the new Mental Capacity Act, that euthanasia will effectively become legalised in the UK?

People are in ignorance of the implications of this Act that will allow someone with the Power of Attorney to accept, or reject life-sustaining treatment on their behalf it they become incapacitated.

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