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Appointing a person to make medical decisions

From 12 March 2018 a new law will govern the way a person can choose to appoint someone to make medical decisions for them if they lose decision-making capacity later in life. It will also allow people to make decisions in advance about the kinds of treatments they would like to have, or not have.

Any medical powers of attorney documents that have been made before this date will still be valid. Alternatively a person may choose to choose a new medical decision-maker under the new law, provided they still have decision-making capacity.

See Medical treatment decisions.