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The Mental Capacity Act 2005 and decision-making: code of practice.

British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing). 
2008 Jan 24-Feb 13
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Continuing the series of articles on the Mental Capacity Act 2005, which for the most part came into force in October 2007, this article considers the significance of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 Code of Practice (Department of Constitutional Affairs, 2007), and its implications for nursing staff. The Secretary of State is required to provide a code or codes of practice on the Act covering specified areas. A draft code was prepared and was revised that came into force on 1 April 2007. The article sets out who is bound to follow the Code of Practice and the consequences if it is ignored. Informal (unpaid) carers are not required by the Act to follow the Code but it is hoped that in practice they will do so. The Ministry of Justice (replacing the Department of Constitutional Affairs) is responsible for monitoring the Code and will revise it from time to time.
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