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Mental Capacity Act 2005

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 provides a statutory framework to empower and protect people aged 16 and over who lack, or may lack, capacity to make certain decisions for themselves because of illness, a learning disability, or mental health problems.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 gives people in England and Wales a statutory right to refuse treatment, through an 'advance decision'. An advance decision allows a person to state what forms of treatment they would or would not like should they become unable to decide for themselves in the future.

For further information please click on the following factsheets from the Alzheimer’s Society: