Advanced Care Directive - Patients have a Greater say under Overhaul of Medical Decision Making Laws
You now have the power to have a greater say in the type of medical treatment you receive should you lose the ability to make decisions, thanks to the wide-ranging new laws that came into effect on 12 March 2018. Under the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016, decisions relating to your medical treatment when you lose capacity can be made in advance. Your instructions relating to your treatment can be set out in a legally binding document known as an "Advanced Care Directive". Under the new laws, you also have the power to appoint someone, known as a "Medical Treatment Decision Maker" who will have the authority to make decisions about your medical treatment when you lose capacity.