What about more mundane forms of torture?
What about nursing home scandals?
There has been much
debate over the obligation of doctors not to participate in torture.
Fortunately, for nearly all doctors in Western countries, this is an extremely
remote challenge to their ethical integrity. But what about their obligation to
refuse to be participate in and to denounce and report “forms of abuse that
fall short of torture”, asks an Irish doctor in the BMJ.
particular relevance is the role of doctors, nurses, and therapists
who witness institutional abuse of older people in healthcare
settings, such as nursing homes and hospitals. Institutional abuse
can be characterised by poor care standards, lack of a positive
response to complex needs, rigid routines, inadequate staffing, and
an insufficient knowledge base within the service. Throughout the
developed world there have been numerous scandals relating to
nursing homes, and it is a striking feature how many
doctors and nurses have been tolerant of endemic poor care up to the
point of the scandal breaking.” ~ BMJ, Mar 24
- How long can you put off seeing the doctor because of lockdowns? - December 3, 2021
- House of Lords debates assisted suicide—again - October 28, 2021
- Spanish government tries to restrict conscientious objection - October 28, 2021
Mortality rates for American kids are rising for the first time in 50 years
US President Joe Biden is so concerned about the future of American children that he inserted a mandate for affordable...
Will Pope Francis be composted?
Will Pope Francis be composted instead of buried in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome with his predecessors? It’s unlikely. But...
The virtues and the vices of the outrageous
A Norwegian bioethicist, Anna Smajdor, recently set out a case for “Whole Body Gestational Donation” – using the wombs of...
More than 200 people have been treated with experimental CRISPR therapies
Scientists believe that CRISPR gene editing technologies will transform medicine. But how many people have been treated so far? According...
Asia-Pacific IVF market could reach US$46 billion by 2031
According to a market survey by Allied Market Research, IVF is booming in the Asia-Pacific region. The market size was...
Third global summit on human genome editing: Moving on after the He experiment
The much anticipated Third International Summit on Human Genome Editing was held in London earlier this month to explore the...