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The Mental Capacity Act is not on our side

This article addresses the failure of the Mental Capacity Act to protect us against legal euthanasia in times where due to illness, accident or disability we lack the capacity to make our own medical decisions. It wouldn’t be unfair to say that Dignity in Dying speak quite fondly of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA). To […]

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FACT TO FICTION

FROM  FACT TO FICTION THE MAKING AND BREAKING OF THE LCP   A RESPONSE TO THE REVIEW OF THE LCP. Written for various publications. JULY  17TH 2013 By Nikki Kenward Heat: heat is a basic human need, it keeps us alive, it provides us with nutritious food, it gives us a sense of wellbeing and […]

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Deadly Guidance

Deadly Guidance Submitted by Jacqueline Laing on Fri, 2014-01-31 14:55 The Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People (LACDP) professes to be involved in public engagement on a proposed substitute for the UK’s Liverpool Care Pathway. Families of victims who died on the pathway and many who made submissions to the Neuberger Review have […]

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Audit of NHS care for the dying published

Audit of NHS care for the dying published Published on  15 May 2014 12:00 15/05/2014 12:00 TELEGRAPH “Thousands of patients are “dying badly” in NHS hospitals every year,” The Independent reports. An audit, carried out by the Royal College of Physicians, found some NHS trusts are failing to adhere to agreed guidelines on palliative care. […]

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When is it lawful to withhold medical treatment?

When is it lawful to withhold medical treatment? July 25, 2013 In cases where a person lacks legal capacity to make their own decisions about their medical treatment, such decisions should be made in that person’s best interests. This includes decisions about withholding or withdrawing treatment. The basis on which these decisions should be taken, […]

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Natural and legal rights

Natural and legal rights Natural and legal rights are two types of rights: legal rights are those bestowed onto a person by a given legal system, while natural rights are those not contingent upon the laws, customs, or beliefs of any particular culture or government, and therefore universal and inalienable. The theory of natural law […]

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PATIENT END-OF-LIFE CARE BILL OF RIGHTS

PATIENT END-OF-LIFE CARE BILL OF RIGHTS 1. Sufficient Fluids will be given to me by mouth, by tube, to the stomach, or by drip into a vein or under the skin to relieve thirst and keep me hydrated, unless I decide against this. 2. My Nutrition will be maintained by any reasonable means unless I […]

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TRUST THE ONE ACT PLAY

TRUST – Dying For The NHS How do we show a wound? How do we let people know when our lives have been shattered? Shattered by a crime, a thoughtless, deliberate act that robs us of someone we love; that robs us of the simple uncomplicated life we once had. An act that blocks out […]

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