Intended for healthcare professionals

Letters Montgomery and informed consent

Montgomery—time to focus on consent but not to panic

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 13 June 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2825

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

21 July 2017
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA