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What are my rights to make decisions about my treatment and care

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This section explains the rights you have to make choices about your treatment and care if you are able to make decisions for yourself.

 

1.1 Making decisions and talking about your treatment

If you’re an adult with mental capacity you have the legal right to refuse any medical treatment, even treatment that keeps you alive. You don’t have to justify your decision, but you do have to show that you have the ‘capacity’ to make it.

1.2 Second opinions

You can ask for a second opinion if you’re not happy with your doctor’s advice. You don’t have the legal right to a second opinion but a doctor will rarely refuse to refer you for one.

1.3 Requesting treatment

You are entitled to request a treatment, or to say to your doctor why you feel a certain treatment is right for you, but you don’t have the right to demand a treatment.