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Refusing or requesting treatment

Can I refuse a treatment?

You have the right to refuse any medical treatment, even if doing that puts your life at risk.

You can also make an Advance Decision (Living Will) that records any treatments you want to refuse. Making an Advance Decision means that if you lack capacity in the future, your doctors would still have to follow your refusal.

Can I ask for a particular treatment?

You can request a treatment or suggest to your doctor why you feel a particular treatment is right for you, but you don’t have the right to demand a treatment. This is because doctors don’t have to give you a treatment just because you ask for it.

Doctors decide whether treatment is medically appropriate for your condition. You then decide whether or not you agree and want to give your consent for that treatment.