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Welcome the governance inspectors

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4119 (Published 29 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4119
  1. Michaela Mensah, foundation year 1 doctor obstetrics and gynaecology, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, Nottingham, UK
  1. michaelaamensah{at}gmail.com

Recently I audited patient consent forms, and to my surprise the findings were genuinely interesting. I discovered the consent form, a legal document to protect patient and doctor, was often poorly completed. Details of the benefits and risks of procedures were minimal, absent, or completely illegible; nearly half failed to specify the type of anaesthesia or sedation used. Most worryingly, however, was that 3% of patients consented to …

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