"Informed Consent to Treatment"
About: NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
Posted by scottishlady729 (as ),
My son was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, it’s a long story which has been investigated in some detail by the health board concerned.
He coped with chemotherapy well and we felt that he was making good progress when he was put on a drug to stop the sickness.
Although the details of this remain distressing for the family and we are still unhappy with the results of the investigations into our complaint, our feedback is about the issue of informed consent.
We strongly feel that, when medication is started or changed the patient should be told about the possible side effects. None of this in our opinion was explained to my son or to us.
It is well documented that there is an entitlement to informed consent, it’s a right not a choice.
Throughout the last weeks of his life we wanted to know answers to questions about how the treatment affected him and we remain concerned that we feel we were not told about side effects to medication he was given.
So we would urge patients and carers to make sure they ask the questions and insist on their rights to know about potential side effects and exercise informed consent to treatment.