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CHICKEN STEW or vegetable lasagne? In hospitals or care homes, this may not simply be a matter of asking what people want for lunch. Under the terms of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA), nurses must check that the person making the choice has decision-making capacity, and, if in doubt, conduct an on-the-spot assessment. By law, competence for consent is assessed for all kinds of daily activity. But has this bureaucratised care, and landed nurses in a legal minefield?