Table 1

Law and age of consent (and refusal) of treatment

AgeAbility to consent to all treatmentsAbility to veto all treatments
Over 18 yearsYesYes
Between 16 and 18 yearsYesNo*
Under 16 yearsYes, if competent†No*
  • * Unlikely to be able to veto treatment that will save life or prevent serious harm.

  • See box 2 for definitions.