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Education And Debate

Patients' rights

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 09 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:671
  1. E B McGinnis, special advisera
  1. a Mencap National Centre, London EC1Y 0RT

    I would always advise a patient, or a relative acting on behalf of a patient, to insist on a second opinion if there is an apparently good reason for questioning the first opinion. I would always advise any doctor dealing with a dispute about treatment in circumstances where there is no legal requirement for a second opinion to seek an advisory second opinion. There are two important reasons for this …

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