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Legal Aspects of Radiography and Radiology by Bridgit Dimond

By Bridgit Dimond

Sensible and jargon-free, this publication is geared toward the non-lawyer and comprises an in depth word list of phrases. It emphasises the criminal matters encountered via these operating in diagnostic radiography, radiotherapy and radiology and comprises examples of felony dilemmas taken from those disciplines in addition to exploring present matters.

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Public authorities include NHS trusts and hospitals case and law will develop on how organisations with functions of a public nature are defined. It is highly likely, for example, that this definition will include bodies (private or charitable) which care for persons in residential care or nursing homes paid for by statutory authorities. In addition private hospitals may be covered even though the costs are met through insurance or by patients personally. The Convention The Convention is set out in Schedule 2 of the Human Rights Act 1998 and can be found on various websites.

Treatment plan There are clear advantages for the practitioner to obtain consent in writing from the patient at the beginning of any treatment plan. At this time the practitioner Consent and Information Giving 35 can explain to the patient the nature and extent of the treatment, its likely effects, any side effects or inherent risks. If at any time, the treatment plan is significantly changed, this may be reflected in a new written consent by the patient. Withdrawal of consent and self-discharge It is a principle of consent that a person who has given consent can withdraw it at any time, unless there is a contractual reason why this is not so.

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