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Doctors should obtain informed consent for intimate body searches

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 15 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1310
  1. Mark Pownall
  1. London

Doctors in the United Kingdom have been advised to refuse to carry out intimate body searches of prisoners and people detained by police and customs officials without the individual's valid consent, according to new recommendations.

Joint guidance published last week by the BMA and the Association of Police Surgeons (whose members provide medical services to the police) said that an intimate search without consent is only justifiable if a …

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