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New guidance on safeguarding vulnerable adults and children has been published by Public Health England
Patients may give consent, but they may also refuse or restrict it.
There are specific principles and procedures surrounding young patients' consent to treatment.
It's natural to want to help those close to you, but the DDU still receives calls from members asking about the possible ethical and professional implications of treating friends and relatives.
Before releasing information about a patient to a third party, you must obtain the patient's permission, save in exceptional circumstances.
A DDU member was confronted by the dissatisfied parent of a young patient.
What should I do if parents disagree over their child's treatment?
Should I tell children's services if I believe a child's poor dental hygiene and multiple caries are evidence of neglect?
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