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Living Wills

Volume 470: debated on Monday 7 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has issued to members of the public on living wills; and what plans he has to revise such advice. (175732)

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 sets out the statutory rules governing advance decisions to refuse treatment, which were sometimes previously known as ‘living wills’. The Government issued the Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice in April 2007, which includes guidance on advance decisions, and a range of information booklets for the public and professionals, which summarise the provisions that relate to advance decisions. The Department has issued information on the transitional provisions for advance decisions to refuse life-sustaining treatment made before the Act came into force. The Code of Practice and other information will be updated as necessary.