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Doctors sometimes say 'No'

The BBC Health website has published a 'Viewpoint' by Dr James Armstrong of the Medical Defence Union.

The article details the increasing involvement that patients have in treatment decisions and the obligation that doctors have to listen to their patients. However, the article also acknowledges that doctors are under no obligation to provide treatments that are not clinically appropriate.

In such a situation it is recommended that alternative approaches are discussed and that the patient is reminded that they can seek a second opinion.

Action: The contents of this article may be useful in supporting a clinical decision to not provide a treatment and could even be adapted to form a leaflet.