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Doctors should be allowed to offer patients a simplified form of consent, expert says

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 20 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:925
  1. Jeremy Davies
  1. Manchester

    Patients should be able to choose between two different types of giving consent when agreeing to NHS treatment, a leading expert on medical ethics has proposed.

    John Harris, professor of bioethics at Manchester University and joint editor in chief of the Journal of Medical Ethics, told a public meeting in Manchester last week on the doctor-patient relationship that introducing a two tier system of patient consent could make life easier for doctors and patients—and reduce mounting NHS legal bills.

    “Informed consent is a lost cause, a hopeless ideal. We should now offer a choice between simple and informed …

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