The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 provides a legal framework for Advance Healthcare Directives in Ireland. The Act has not yet been commenced into law so Advance Healthcare Directives are not legally binding; however, an Advance Healthcare Directive may have an effect on the care you receive because by making such a statement about your medical treatment, you may have withdrawn your consent to specific medical or surgical treatment. In addition, while they are not legally binding they are generally respected and adhered to.
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