Medical treatment: consent and withdrawal

Advance Directives

If a patient has issued an advance directive in refusing to give his/her consent to medical treatment which, properly construed, will apply even to situations when that person is no longer fit to give or refuse consent, that directive has to be respected. The patient must have been competent when executing the advance directive for it to be effective.

There is currently no legislation governing advance directives.

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