St Catz at the centre of new medical consent discussions

Ashok Handa

St Catz at the centre of new medical consent discussions

On Friday 28 October, St Catz hosted a conference from the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences entitled ‘Montgomery and Me: Implementing the New Standard for Consent to Treatment in Medicine and Healthcare’

Organised by our own Fellow in Medicine, Professor Ashok Handa, the conference saw many eminent speakers from the fields of law and medicine discuss the implications of the Supreme Court ruling of Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board in 2015. The Master of the College, Professor Roger Ainsworth, began proceedings on the new considerations that have arisen from this landmark case. Speakers included Professor Jonathan Herring (Professor of Law at Exeter College),  Edward Peile, (Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators) and Baroness Hale, (Deputy President of the Supreme Court and one of the Montgomery Judges).

The case marked a shift in the basis of consent in medicine and the conference will raise awareness about the new standard requiring clinicians to enter into a dialogue with their patients to the point that they gain sufficient understanding of the options available to make a choice that takes into account their own values.

We are proud to facilitate such a conference and to see our Fellows playing such an important role in these important discussions.