The place of wishes and feelings in best interests decisions: Wye Valley NHS Trust v Mr B

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Abstract

In Wye Valley NHS Trust v Mr B the Court of Protection decided that it was not in the best interests of Mr B to receive amputation surgery against his will, notwithstanding that he would die without the treatment. The judge met with Mr B in person and his best interests decision placed significant weight on Mr B's wishes and feelings. This case note considers this influential case in the context of ongoing debate about the place of wishes and feelings in best interests decisions under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. It considers the history of the best interests principle, its interpretation by the Supreme Court in Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v James, ongoing debates about its compatibility with Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and recent proposals by the Law Commission for statutory amendments to the Mental Capacity Act.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)1101-1115
Number of pages15
JournalModern Law Review
Volume79
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016

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