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‘From ‘doctor knows best’ to dignity: placing adults who lack capacity at t...
Thu 11 May 2017, 17:00 – 20:00 BST
The Health Law and Regulation Unit Annual Lecture 2017
by Professor Emily Jackson
My purpose in this talk will be to look backwards, over 28 years of case law and legislative reform since the judiciary first derived a ‘best interests’ test for the medical treatment of adults who lack capacity from the doctrine of necessity, and forwards, in order to advocate an even more participative model of decision-making than that which has already been developed in the Court of Protection. In particular, I want to consider whether it might be possible for the law’s binary threshold concept of capacity to be applied in practice so that it better reflects the reality that people exist on a spectrum of decision-making ability, or more precisely, on a spectrum as to how much support they need in order to make decisions.