Intended for healthcare professionals


Deprivation of liberty in healthcare

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 21 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3390

Re: Deprivation of liberty in healthcare

Informed consent is a redundancy, because being properly informed is a precondition of consent. Without being properly informed, a patient or client cannot give any legitimate, binding consent. Therefore, it is imperative that all professionals withhold any request for agreement or signatures, until after all information and questions have been fully addressed.

Competing interests: No competing interests

02 June 2014
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO, USA