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.
This link below, leads to an NHS web page that covers:
- the definition of consent
- how consent is given
- consent from children and young people
- when consent is not needed
- consent and life support
- how to complain if you think consent was not given.