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Observations Ethics Man

Update on the UK law on consent

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1481 (Published 16 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1481

Consent makes the law (Consensus facit legem)

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 addressed.


Competing interests: No competing interests

17 March 2015
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, USA