Consent to treatment

Consent to treatment means a person must give permission before they receive any type of medical treatment, test or examination.

This must be done on the basis of an explanation by a clinician.

Consent from a patient is needed regardless of the procedure, whether it's a physical examination, organ donation or something else.

The principle of consent is an important part of medical ethics and international human rights law.


If you believe you have received treatment you did not consent to, you can make an official complaint.

Find out more about how to make a complaint

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