It was announced that NICE, the health watchdog, has advised that patients must be treated with respect and compassion and doctors should avoid making 'snap decisions' about whether someone was dying.
This has been in response to concerns about how the Liverpool Care Pathway, the now phased out system for treating terminally ill patients through withdrawal of treatment has worked.
New guidelines are going to be introduced to improve treatment for people in this position and have been welcomed by the care community and the public alike.
From a legal point of view, if someone is in the position where they are unable to consent to medical treatment, without a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney in place, it can very difficult for anyone to make decisions on their behalf without a Court Order in place. Therefore putting such a document in place while you are well is vital.
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