The routine practice of physician-assisted suicide raises serious ethical and other concerns (Snyder, 2004). According to ACP-ASIM, legalization of physician assisted suicide would undermine the patient–physician relationship and the trust necessary to sustain it. It would alter the medical profession's role in society and endanger the value our society places on life; especially on the lives of disabled, incompetent, and vulnerable individuals. The Hippocratic Oath is one of the oldest binding documents in history. Its principles are held sacred by doctors, “Treat the sick to the best of one's ability, preserve patient privacy, and teach the secrets of medicine to the next generation” (Hippocratic Oath, n.d.).
When guidelines are not followed, due to employees abusing their privileges, it places the hospital at risk. Another issue here is that the HIPPA laws is being violated, which was specifically placed to protect patient’s private information. HIPPA was established in 1996 to make it easier for people to keep health insurance, protect the privacy and security of health care information, as well as help the healthcare industry control administrative costs (“HIPPA,” 2013). Failure to comply with HIPPA accordingly will lead to civil and civic penalties. If someone knowingly and deliberately distributes or obtains patient information, they could face a fine
In particular, critics state that diagnosing death and putting people on end of life care pathways is a form of euthanasia – one newspaper story featured the headline ‘Sentenced to death on the NHS’ (Devlin 2009). This type of criticism is founded on the myths outlined above, particularly those relating to passive and active euthanasia and to withdrawal of treatment. It is worth restating that care pathways allow healthcare professionals to try out treatments and withdraw them if they are not effective, and to reintroduce treatments if patients respond in unexpected ways. A clearer understanding of the ethics and law in this area should help nurses to address these criticisms and reassure themselves that the guidance set out in care pathways is legally and ethically sound. NURSING
Examine the medico-legal issues related to patients receiving radiotherapy. Numerous issues regarding medico legal aspects can arise in a radiotherapy environment, affecting both patients and staff. Thus all departmental protocols and rules have to be adhered to. In this essay medico-legal aspect involving a young brain cancer patient of seven will be discussed, such aspects include, Parental rights, Consent and Human Rights Act 1989. The reasons why medico-legal issues arose in this setting was, due to knowing that Mrs Roberts refused for her son to have radiotherapy on the basis, ‘that she feared radiotherapy would reduce her son’s IQ, shorten his life, put him at risk of having strokes and make him infertile; in another news report it states that the main reason that the mother refused treatment was the possibility of not having grandchildren from her only son, we need to consider if this judgement is justifiable, in terms of it being in the best interest of the child, Lowden (2000).
Physician Assisted suicide The phrase “do no harm” is not actually mentioned in the Hippocratic Oath but that dose not mean that the words in the oath are not upheld, the oath goes much deeper to cement the extreme responsibilities of a doctor and to ensure that it is a patient is first a person not a disease. As a doctor should always exorcise every available option to treat a healthy patient there is an ongoing debate on weather the same treatment is carried out on a patient thought to be terminally ill. The debate has stirred up a great deal of emotions and is near and dear to many American hearts. With the issue of Physician Assisted Suicide many points are discussed for and against In the Articles: “Death And The Law: Why Government Has An Interest In Preserving Life” By Lawrence Rudden and Gerard V. Bradley and “Promoting A culture Of Abandonment” By Teresa R Wagner. Physician assisted suicide is something I disagree with because It would violate the trust between a patient and a doctor, It opens the floodgates for other such abuses and generally such requests are made out of fear for the dying process.
Management and certain workers should acquire education on drug seeking behavior among patients and workers (Harldorsson 2007). Clinicians need to be taught about the regulations concerning control use of substances and the ethical rules and regulations that follow them. It is essential for doctors to understand their moral duty to their patients and to their employers. Cases concerning ethical violation tend to destroy the reputation of the employers (hospitals), ruining the name of the hospital. It is the work of the health practitioner to acquire knowledge on how to help a patient who gets control drugs from online pharmacies.
The most challenging part of controlling HIV is the traditional and new medication through public health facilities. Many health officials, HIV/AIDS advocates, medical professionals try to bring forward their best effort to help people with HIV/AIDS not to get discriminated against. Years later after so much discrimination, Congress had passed several Federal laws that will protect many individuals living with HIV/AIDS to stop discrimination and give them the same protection as everyone with a medical
Whereas by definition, paternalism restricts a person’s right to autonomy, and takes another person’s autonomous right away and makes decision on their behalf, even if it is contrary to the wishes of the patient (Beauchamp and Childress 2001). Paternalism with Mrs Jones was not the case, yet with regards to safeguarding her from further harm justice, beneficence and non-malfeasance would have been insuring long term interest. To be deemed competent professionals work within trust guidelines and trust protocols and must treat patients fairly, without discriminating against them; ensuring that the patient is able to make autonomous decisions regarding their own care (NMC
 The authoress reviews images of tuberculosis, cancer, schizophrenia and AIDS in literature, film, medicine, psychoanalysis, politics and sociology... She points out accusatory ton of such metaphors, which supposedly aims at developing will to fight with disease. But the truth is that it does not. It arouses fear and what is more it can be the reason of social exclusion. And if we have to be afraid of something we should be anxious about disease or virus, but not about people who are infected. For the most important thing is conscious life, rapport and mutual