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Anaesthetists do not need separate consent before surgery

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 17 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:142
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    New guidelines on obtaining consent for anaesthesia recommend that consent from patients specifically for a general anaesthetic is not needed The guidelines, produced by a working party of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, say that there is no virtue in getting the patient to sign a separate consent form.

    “The Department of Health recommends that written consent …

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