Who is responsible for obtaining consent?

The doctor undertaking an investigation or providing treatment should usually talk to the patient but may delegate the discussion to someone who is suitably trained and qualified and who understands the proposed treatment and its risks.

The treating doctor is still responsible for ensuring the patient has been given the necessary information and time for their consent to be valid.

This guidance was correct at publication 02/01/2015. It is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.

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