A fundamental problem of consent

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6984.935 (Published 08 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:935

Nothing is inherently remiss in present methods of obtaining consent

  1. S Morrell Lyons,
  2. David S Saunders
  1. President Honorary secretary Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, London WC1B 3RA

    EDITOR,—John Mitchell describes the case of a consultant anaesthetist who was found guilty of serious professional misconduct by the General Medical Council.1 After giving a general anaes-thetic for dental surgery the anaesthetist inserted a diclofenac suppository for pain relief (which was inadvertently inserted into the patient's vagina) without the patient's consent. The case and the commentaries by Michael A Jones and John N Lunn raise several points.

    The verdict of the General Medical Council's professional conduct committee has, it appears, in one particular respect created a formal distinction between the hospital …

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