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Letters New UK law on consent

Openness and honesty in gaining fully informed consent will benefit both patients and doctors

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 07 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1784
  1. Stephen N Bolsin, specialist anaesthetist1
  1. 1Geelong Hospital, Geelong, Vic, Australia
  1. steveb{at}

Godlee is right to highlight the need for patients to be properly informed at the time they give consent to treatment.1 The Bolam principle, which was enunciated as advice to a jury in …

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