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Consent is an essential requirement of clinical practice
Dr KK Aggarwal and Ms Ira Gupta,  30 June 2018
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Consent means the grant of permission by the patient on his volition for a diagnostic, surgical or therapeutic procedure to be carried out by the doctor. If a doctor treats a patient without valid consent, he/she is liable under the tort and criminal laws. Hence, obtaining consent is both an ethical obligation as well as a legal compulsion for the doctor.The MCI Code of Ethics Regulations, 2002 have also included this very important subject in Regulation 7.16 which states as follows:
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