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Informed consent

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 03 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1082

Danger is ahead when staff don't know what they don't know

  1. Donna O'Boyle (, director
  1. c3healthsolutions, Edinburgh EH12 9HJ

    EDITOR—The perception that many healthcare professionals fail to understand fully the law on consent seems to have been confirmed in some of the responses to Rowbotham's article.1 An enduring right already exists for practitioners to omit information in relation to risks that they consider not in their client's best interests to hear. Practitioners have no need to repeat a long list of every …

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