GMC consultation on consent guidance


The General Medical Council (GMC) is seeking views on its updated guidance document: Decision making and consent: Supporting patient choices about health care.

Doctors must be satisfied that they have a patient’s consent before carrying out any examination or investigation, providing treatment, or involving them in teaching and research. The purpose of this guidance is to help them meet that standard.


The guidance is also intended to be helpful to health and care professionals, and employers may wish to respond to ensure that doctors have clear and up-to-date guidance to meet their professional responsibilities in an area which is at the heart of the doctor/ patient relationship.


Details of the consultation and how to respond can be found on the GMC website. The consultation closes on 19 January 2019.

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