Letters Who will operate on you?

Pooled waiting lists and the validity of consent

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6196 (Published 21 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6196
  1. David E Ward, retired cardiologist and electrophysiologist
  1. London W1G 7JG, UK
  1. drdavideward{at}hotmail.com

Sokol’s article on patient consent1 raises the issue of the validity of a “pooled waiting list” system for surgery or interventions. In such a system a group of operators select patients from a single list (perhaps after accounting for risk). This system …

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