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What can’t I use an Advance Decision for?

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You can’t use an Advance Decision to:

  • ask for an assisted death, because assisted dying is against the law;
  • refuse food and drink by mouth or basic care that attends to your comfort, and/or personal hygiene. This is because these things are a basic human right that no one can decline in advance;
  • nominate someone else to decide about treatment on your behalf. Nominating another person to make decisions about your health and care is done by making a Lasting Power of Attorney {link};
  • demand certain treatments. This is because doctors don’t have to give you treatment just because you ask for it. Doctors decide whether treatment is medically appropriate and then you decide if you want that treatment.