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An essential guide to Consent

Post date: 04/07/2017 | Time to read article: 1 mins

The information within this article was correct at the time of publishing. Last updated 18/05/2020

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This Essential Guide was produced as a resource for Medical Protection members in the UK. It is intended as general guidance only.


Consent is a fundamental principle of medical law. The basic rule is simple: no-one has the right to touch anyone else without lawful excuse and if doctors do so it may well undermine patients’ trust.

Such behaviour may lead to a clinical negligence claim, a complaint to the GMC or even civil or criminal proceedings for assault.

There are three components to valid consent:

Medical Protection members are always welcome to telephone our medicolegal advice line for more specific practical advice and support with medicolegal issues that may arise. Alternatively, members may  submit a medicolegal query online.
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