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Patients leave end-of-life care choice to medics, survey finds

Major decisions about how people are cared for at the end of their lives are being left to doctors – despite fewer than one in 10 patients wanting this to happen. Only 7 per cent of adults in Britain want a doctor to have the final say on their end-of-life care, according to research to be published this week. Despite this, only 4 per cent have either made a record of their preferences in an Advance Decision or appointed a Lasting Power of Attorney. The research, by YouGov for Compassion in Dying, suggests the remaining 91 per cent have by default left these serious decisions to doctors, who may prolong their life against a person’s wishes.

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