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Main feature

A question of consent

A recent Supreme Court judgment introduced the concept of 'informed consent' to the law of negligence. Dr Udvitha Nandasoma reviews the ethical and legal challenges in the complex area of consent, which is central to the provision of medical treatment.

In focus

Feature

Patients behaving badly

Patients who demonstrate challenging behaviours towards healthcare or administrative staff may respond well to an Acceptable Behaviour Agreement.

Leader

Perceptions of risk

Although it is impossible to entirely eliminate risk from medical practice, the MDU provides a model of defence supported by expert evidence. This model provides the greatest benefits for members

Feature

Breathing lessons

Asthma care has been under the spotlight since the publication of an RCP report last year. Dr Beverley Ward explains how its disturbing findings present opportunities to improve asthma services.