MWCS launch power of attorney campaign

17th November 2015

The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland (MWCS) has launched a new campaign to explain the power of attorney to hospital ward staff, care home staff and GPs across Scotland.

MWCS.logoThey have developed a new leaflet for staff in care homes and hospitals that explains the purpose of power of attorney, and gives a checklist of issues to be aware of when residents or patients have decided to appoint one.

The Commission has also created a quick guide for GPs, listing issues for their consideration when they are involved in certifying a power of attorney.

These publications follow an earlier document ‘Common concerns with powers of attorney’ that addressed some of the difficult questions that have arisen in the past.

Kate Fearnley, Executive Director (Engagement & Participation) at MWCS said:

“As power of attorney becomes more commonly used, we find that GPs and hospital and care home staff are not always aware of all of the issues involved.

“GPs may be asked to take a role in granting a power of attorney. Care home staff and hospital staff may be working with someone who has granted a power of attorney to a relative or friend, and should understand what’s involved.

“We hope the new quick guides we have produced will answer some of the questions that can arise.” 

 

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