In its judgement on the case “Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board” in March 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that a doctor must make a patient aware of any material risks of any proposed treatment. It set out the test of materiality as whether “a reasonable person in the patient’s position would be likely to attach significance to the risk, or the doctor is or should reasonably be aware that the particular patient would be likely to attach significance to it.”
Three years on from this significant development, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow is pleased to welcome members of the Faculty of Advocates to join a panel with clinicians to discuss the impact of the Montgomery ruling and the challenges that remain. Lauren Sutherland QC, a member of the legal team that represented Montgomery, will open the evening with a talk on the Montgomery case, and the legal interpretations that have emerged, before the panel discuss questions from the audience.
This event will be an opportunity to explore what aspects of informed consent in a post-Montgomery world most concern clinicians, advocates and policy makers, and what further action is required now to safeguard the interests of patients, clinicians and the NHS.
The evening will start at 6pm, with a 45 minute talk followed by a light buffet, and a Q&A session.
If you would like to attend this important event, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your place.