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The Future of Living Wills

Individuals are becoming increasingly aware of their right to make arrangements for their future health care provision

1 January 1996

Michele Todd, Wills and Probate Commissioner, Richmonds

Individuals are becoming increasingly aware of their right to make arrangements for their future health care provision. Largely this appears to be as a result of the efforts of the National Newspapers, the reporting of some adding to, what is largely an unnecessary and inappropriate debate about the dangers of euthanasia to society. A recent example may be found in the horrified response to the Law Commission's Report No 231 ("Mental Incapacity") published in March 1996, which advocated wide reaching legislation not only in relation to health car but also for the financial protection and welfare of incapacitated patients. Some of the Commission's proposals will be considered below, as will their possible effects. First, however a brief introduction.

Living Wills are strictly the written method by which competent individuals can express their consent to or refusal of medical treatme...

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