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Mental Capacity Act 2005

Glenys Bridges looks at what your team need to know about the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) governs decision-making for people who lack the capacity to make their own decisions and for patients who currently have capacity but want to prepare for a time in the future when they expect that they may lack capacity. The aim of the MCA is to protect patients who lack the capacity to make informed decisions, while supporting their involvement in making decisions, as far as the individual is able. When agreeing to a course of dental treatment, consent is legally valid only if the person consenting: has the mental capacity to make the decision; has been given sufficient information to make the decision; is not under any duress or inappropriate pressure.

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