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People have not lost their mental capacity just because they are indecisive

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This is what the judge said:

‘…common strategies for dealing with unpalatable dilemmas – for example indecision, avoidance or vacillation – are  not to be confused  with  incapacity. We should not ask more of people whose capacity is questioned than of  those whose capacity is undoubted.

An interesting summary and legal comment on a Court of Protection case; a woman with long-standing schizophrenia, who was unable to make a decision which doctors thought was in her best interests.

Link to the report of the Court of Protection decision.

Link to the Lexology commentary from a specialist firm of lawyers.

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Written by Malcolm Payne

17 March 2014 at 11:10 am

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