Azara Blog: New guidance for doctors concerned with dying people

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Date published: 2007/04/01

The BBC says:

Doctors leaders are urging people to talk about death to family and friends, so they can get the treatment they want at the end of their lives.

The British Medical Association has published fresh guidance for doctors, taking into account changes in the law which come into force this weekend.

The changes allow people to nominate someone to have the final say on their treatment, if they cannot communicate.

The BMA guidance also reflects recent court judgments.

It is also designed to ensure "patients best interests are paramount".

With anything to do with doctors, you can guarantee that the "patients best interests" are the one thing that are not "paramount". In particular, doctors believe that only they have the right to decide how and when someone dies, not the patient.

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