Kate McCombe
Quick Hits in Obstetric Anesthesia, 1 January 2022; pp 93-96 [Springer]
Adult patients with capacity have absolute autonomy over their bodies and so we must seek valid consent before any medical intervention. Failing to gain consent risks criminal prosecution for battery (harmful or offensive contact with another person), a civil claim in medical negligence for financial compensation, and disciplinary action from the professional regulators e.g. the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK.

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