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LEGAL CONSENT IN MEDICAL PRACTICE IN CAMEROON

It is perhaps obvious to state that many Cameroonian medical practitioners assume that they can do anything virtually to a patient as long as it is in the patient’s best interest.

Consent, as easy as the concept may seem, remains one of the most recurrent issues in medical jurisprudence. The purport of consent is that the body belongs to the patient, and rationally, they ought, personally or via authorized representatives, to exercise control over his body.

In medical practice, a doctor must obtain the consent of the patient/ representatives before administering any course of treatment, especially in terms of surgery or novel treatment procedures. Without permission, the doctor may be liable for trespass to a person, battery, or negligence, as the case may be.

MEDICAL PRACTICE

Lately, practices have evolved from the mere requirement of consent to the need for informed consent.

The exception is that in an emergency, the medical practitioner is open to taking necessary steps to save the patient’s life.

An adult patient has an absolute right to choose whether or not to consent to medical treatment, to refuse it, or to choose one rather than another of the medicine being offered.

Conclusively in the absence of consent, all, or almost all, medical treatment and surgical treatment of an adult are unlawful; however beneficial such treatment might be. This is incontestable.

 

Article by CHUO ANGABUA JUNIOR

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