End of Life Decision-Making, Policy and the Criminal Justice System: Untrained Carers Assuming Responsibility and Their Uncertain Legal Liabilities
Genomics, Society and Policy 2006 May; 2(1): 118-128
This article will explore some previously unrecognised legal and ethical issues associated with informal care-giving and criminal justice in the context of end of life decision-making. It was prompted by a recent case in Leeds Crown Court, which raises important issues for the people who care for their loved ones at home and for the criminal justice system more generally. Government figures estimate that over 5.2 million Britons are responsible for the care of relatives or loved ones. In order to evaluate some of the ways in which they might find themselves exposed to unexpected criminal liability we have characterised this group as untrained carers who assume responsibility (UCARes).
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