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December/January 2009/2010 (vol. 06/4)

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What is consent?

Worker autonomy in OH practice

Summary:

The GMC has issued new guidance for doctors on confidentiality, which has raised important issues about consent in OH practice. But, as Diana Kloss explains, there are other legal factors to consider.

IN the past 30 years or so there has been a shift away from paternalism in medical practice towards the ethical principle of respect for the patient’s autonomy. ‘The doctor knows best’ is no longer an acceptable justification for medical treatment. As Lord Goff said in Airedale NHS Trust v Bland [1]:‘The principle of self-determination requires that respect must be given to …

Diana Kloss is a barrister, part-time employment judge, Acas arbitrator and author.

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Occupational Health at Work December/January 2009/2010 (vol. 06/4) pp35-36

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