The Right to Consent

Patients will firstly be given full information from the concerned medical specialists about their diagnosis and recommended treatment or surgery, its probability of success, risks, recovery time and other information required for the patient to make an informed decision.

The patient then has the right to make his or her own decision about whether to consent to the medical advice they have received, unless there are exceptional legal or ethical compulsions.

If an emergency occurs in which the patient is not in a condition to consent and the consent of next of kin or an accompanying person is required, and that person cannot be reached or consent otherwise obtained, then the required treatment or surgery may be carried out.