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Anaesthetists need consent, but not written consent

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 23 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1135
  1. Alan Aitkenhead, professor of anaesthesia (
  1. University of Nottingham, Nottingham

    EDITOR—Dobson's article concerning information and consent for anaesthesia appeared under the headline “Anaesthetists do not need separate consent before surgery,” and stated that “New guidelines on obtaining consent for anaesthesia recommend that consent from patients specifically for a general anaesthetic is not needed.”1 These statements are incorrect, and I believe that they may mislead readers.

    The guidelines issued by the …

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