Letters Risks from not adopting full consent process

Consent for anaesthesia—sleepwalking into trouble

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6189 (Published 21 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6189
  1. Michael H Basler, consultant in anaesthesia and pain management,
  2. Alan J R Macfarlane, consultant anaesthetist,
  3. Sonya McKinlay, consultant anaesthetist
  1. Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow G4 0SF, UK
  1. michael.basler{at}ggc.scot.nhs.uk

The Royal College of Surgeons has highlighted the operational issues raised after the Montgomery judgment on consent,1 which have wider implications.2

Anaesthesia in the UK has resisted formal consent and relies on the preoperative visit as the foundation for discussion of techniques. Obstetric and regional …

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