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Investigations of doctors by General Medical Council

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 08 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:111

Procedure for consent still leaves much to be desired

  1. Roger M Goss, director (and lay member, BMJ editorial board) (
  1. Patient Concern, PO Box 23732, London SW5 9FY
  2. BUPA Hospital, Leeds LS8 1NT

    EDITOR—As a patient advocate who attended the entire hearing of the case against gynaecologist Ian Fergusson, I was disappointed at the complacency inherent in the panel's assertion that “fortunately” the consent procedure has “been improved” in the eight years since the incident.1

    Some hospitals have undoubtedly made great strides. Patients consistently report, however, that the procedure adopted in many hospitals leading to their signature on a totally unacceptable consent form still leaves a lot to be desired. They still do not have an opportunity to identify in writing any procedure to which they object, and …

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