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Hazel Biggs
Suzanne Ost

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Medical Law Review is an established authoritative source of reference for academics, lawyers, legal and medical practitioners, law students, and anyone interested in healthcare and the law.

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Special Issue: The Mental Capacity Act 2005 - Ten Years On

This special issue brings together a selection of articles that critically reflect on the ten years that has passed since the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (‘MCA’) received royal assent. The MCA, described as a ‘visionary’ piece of legislation, sought, wherever possible, to empower people to make decisions for themselves and to protect the vulnerable, whilst also engineering a cultural shift in attitudes to incapacity and the treatment of those with impaired decision making. The articles in this special issue reflect upon the statute, its implementation, and undertake judicial analysis of its application.

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Conscience and proper medical treatment

This special issue brings together a selection of articles that critically assess the concepts of ‘proper medical treatment’ and ‘conscience’ and the interplay between them. They contribute to a growing and important body of literature which assesses medical professionals’ attitudes towards particular medical practices. Particularly controversial practices, such as abortion and end of life decision-making, are often viewed as challenging the boundaries of proper medical practice. Indeed, it is often in these areas that claims of conscience come to the fore.

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