Giving relatives the power to have a say on your behalf could quite literally save your life!
If you are unable to manage your own medical care due to illness or accident Doctors may take a course of action that is against your or your families wishes. Revelations exposed by NHS doctors and reported in the Independent in July of last year show how this can be the case.
Have you heard of THE LIVERPOOL PATHWAY CARE PROTOCOL?
This is a protocol designed to be used only when doctors believe that it is impossible for a patient to recover and death is imminent. It can include withdrawal of treatment, including the provision of water and nourishment.
In a letter to the Telegraph, a number of NHS Doctors have voiced concerns that the pathway may instead being used inappropriately to ease the pressure on resources, and not all doctors may be acquiring the correct consent from patients and are failing to ask about what they wanted while they were still able to decide.
A Simple Solution
With such startling claims being made, there has perhaps never been a better time to plan ahead and make a Lasting Power of Attorney (“LPA”).
An LPA is a legal document that allows you to choose someone who you know and trust to act as your attorney and make decisions on your behalf in relation to your property and financial affairs, or your health and welfare issues such as life-saving medical treatment. The LPA can be used when you no longer wish to make those decisions yourself, or when you are no longer able to make such decisions temporarily or permanently.
Along with a will, we consider a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) to be a critically important document for anyone, regardless of age, marital status or health.
We would be happy to guide you through the process of drawing up an LPA. For more information contact Karen Grimm on 0118 9747540 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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