Medico Legal Corner
Are advance medical directives legal in India?
Dr KK Aggarwal & Advocate Ira Gupta, 09 April 2019
Yes, in the landmark judgment titled as “Common Cause versus Union of India, 2018 (5) SCC 1 passed by the Hon’ble Constitution Bench of 4 Judges of the Supreme Court of India, it has duly held that the advance medical directives are legal in India. Further in the said judgment, the Hon’ble Apex Court has laid down certain guidelines and directions w.r.t. advance medical directives which shall remain in force till the Parliament makes legislation on this subject.
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