chapter  3
Consent to investigation and treatment: the need for information
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Introduction In 1985, in Mishap or Malpractice, Clifford Hawkins wrote 'The consent issue by itself is unlikely to be a legal problem for the doctor'.1 However, in subsequent years the importance of consent has increased, and it is now central to many legal and ethical issues in medicine. There has been a policy movement towards patient empowerment, which can only be achieved through adequate and comprehensive information.