Advance care a legal minefield for GPs

The complexity of the laws surrounding decision-making for incompetent patients may be putting GPs at risk of legal action, an Australian expert has warned.

The warning comes after an NSW study found more than half of GPs were unsure or incorrectly assumed who had the legal authority to give consent for medical treatment for a patient without capacity.

“Doctors are leaving themselves open to legal action if they accept the decision of a person with no legal authority,