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Can next of kin ask to see their parents care plan?

Sheila Scott
Answered by Sheila Scott

Dear S,

Person centre care planning involves the service user and anyone who they feel is important to them. It’s important to understand the legal aspect however when referring to ‘next of kin’ The term next of kin is used but a next of kin has no legal powers, rights or responsibilities. They cannot give consent for providing or withholding any treatment or care. In terms of being able to see their parents care plan, it is up to the service user who can see this and they must give consent to share this information. If a service user does not have the capacity to consent and there is a Health and welfare lasting power of attorney, they are legally able to make decisions about care and day to day personal routine.

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