Doctors should be allowed to offer patients a simplified form of consent, expert saysBMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7522.925-b (Published 20 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:925
- Jeremy Davies
Patients should be able to choose between two different types of giving consent when agreeing to NHS treatment, a leading expert on medical ethics has proposed.
John Harris, professor of bioethics at Manchester University and joint editor in chief of the Journal of Medical Ethics, told a public meeting in Manchester last week on the doctor-patient relationship that introducing a two tier system of patient consent could make life easier for doctors and patients—and reduce mounting NHS legal bills.
“Informed consent is a lost cause, a hopeless ideal. We should now offer a choice between simple and informed …