Advance decision (Living wills)

5. Will the doctor have to follow my advance statement?

An advance statement – unlike an advance decision – is not legally binding. This means doctors and medical professionals do not have to follow it. However, doctors, nurses and all other health and social care professionals should take an advance statement into account when making decisions about your care and treatment This means they should try to follow it where possible, and if they do not, it must be because they have a good reason.