Category Archives: Medicolegal

Mental Capacity Act and Court of Protection

Note that there are some specific decisions that a doctor cannot make on behalf of a patient using the ‘best interests’ principle. They can be covered by an advance directive covering that subject, or made by someone with lasting power … Continue reading

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JFPRHC 2011: 37(3) (July)

An article about legal aspects of management of contraceptive decisions in the learning disabled.  Important points: The key piece of legislation is the Mental Capacity Act 2005, which formalised existing case law and added new requirements. Presume competence unless demonstrated … Continue reading

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BMJ 2011; 342: 833 – 882 (16th April)

This issue’s main contribution to me was to disentangle a couple of points I’d struggled with from guidelines.   Firstly, NICE guidance on antiplatelet therapy post-CVA – I had a hell of a time recently trying to figure out whether I … Continue reading

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Deprivation of liberty

This is from an article published in the BMJ of 15th January, but was long and detailed enough to get its own post.  Deprivation of liberty and the various legal frameworks thereof form a brainmeltingly complicated subject of which it … Continue reading

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