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Letters Patient consent

The mole remains the same

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 19 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1391
  1. Jeffrey C McIlwain, consultant, clinical risk management
  1. 1St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  1. jeff.mcilwain{at}

Elwyn’s comment is interesting as an appeal. However, one wonders whether this ideal is a factual elution or a wish list.1 I would like references for his statement that “Consent is often completed a few hours before the intended procedure.” Does he mean the reaffirmation or the primary consent taking process? In hospital, the latter may …

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