Medico Legal Corner
Consent is an essential requirement of clinical practice
Dr KK Aggarwal and Ms Ira Gupta, 30 June 2018
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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