The Law Commission report on Mental Incapacity was published in 1995 and examines how decisions can be made on behalf of those who are unable to make decisions for themselves. It has far reaching implications for psychiatrists and recommends the introduction of new legislation. Research with those unable to consent, advance treatment directives, decisions about medical treatment and public law protection of vulnerable Incapable people are areas covered in the document. Although there are some concerns for psychiatrists, many of the proposals can be welcomed.
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