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Dutch law defines patients' rights

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 05 March 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:616
  1. T Sheldon

    The Netherlands has become the first country in Europe to pass a law defining the responsibilities of doctors to their patients. The patients' rights law will set out current practice already established by case law. It will cover informed consent, access to medical files, privacy of information, and the representation of minors and people with learning disabilities.

    Government legal advisers say that it will strengthen the position of patients. But some members of parliament warn that a strict legal framework could weaken the relationship between doctors and patients. Patients' …

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