Letters New UK law on consent

Consent forms for “no surgery” as ramification of landmark ruling

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1796 (Published 07 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1796
  1. Ossie F Uzoigwe, medical writer1
  1. 1Harcourt Building, Sheffield S10 1DG, UK
  1. ofuzoigwe{at}yahoo.co.uk

Sokol’s instructive account of the landmark Supreme Court ruling of Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board does not mention one ramification of this ruling.1 Clinicians must now give as much attention to consent for patients who follow a non-operative course as for those who undergo an intervention.

Montgomery presages a future where consent forms will be needed for non-operative management. In the case in question an induced vaginal delivery was …

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