Healthcare Professional Standards in Pandemic Conditions: The Duty to Obtain Consent to Treatment

Sarah Devaney, Jose Miola, Emma Cave, Craig Purshouse, Rob Heywood
Submitted: December, 2020

In the United Kingdom, the question of how much information is required to be given to patients about the benefits and risks of proposed treatment remains extant. Issues about whether healthcare resources can accommodate extended shared decision-making processes are yet to be resolved. COVID-19 has now stepped into this arena of uncertainty, adding more complexity. U.K. public health responses to the pandemic raise important questions about professional standards regarding how the obtaining and recording of consent might change or be maintained in such emergency conditions, particularly in settings where equipment, medicines, and appropriately t