by Barry  23/05/2019  75 Page Views
12 Comments  Discuss legal issues that are of a general nature
I had enduring power of attorney for a relative who became incapacitated during medical treatment. A number of errors in treatment occurred that contributed to the incapacitation and subsequent death of the relative. The hospital did not inform me about these errors and nor did they ask my permission for the various treatments they undertook during the period of incapacitation when they knew that I was the substitute decision maker. I made a subsequent complaint but they said that since I did not complain at the time, I had given consent to the treatments. The logical extension of this approach is that doctors are free to do whatever they please within the bounds of good medical practice to anyone they treat whether incapacitated or not and there is no need for "informed consent". Is that correct?