The Ethical Dilemma Of

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THE ETHICAL DILEMMA OF EUTHANASIA INTRODUCTION This thesis will explore the subject of Ethics and Healthcare Ethics relating it to the topic, EUTHANASIA. Ethical Issues, dilemmas, arguments and attitudes surrounding the topic of Euthanasia will be explored. Also, theories and principles of Ethics will be looked at in relation to EUTHANASIA. A critical analysis will be attempted and a case study or scenario will be used as a centre for discussion on the concepts and arguments that surround EUTHANASIA. ETHICS The term "ethics" is used in several different ways e.g. it may mean the study of morals or social forms of behaviour. Ethics is concerned with what is right or wrong, obligatory or permissible, and how to achieve that. It is interested in character as well as conduct. It involves the study and development of one's ethical standards and it refers to well based standards of right and wrong that prescribe what humans ought to do, usually in terms of rights, obligations, benefits to society, fairness, or specific virtues (Jackson 2006). It describes the practical understanding and skills in the application of fundamentals in which moral rules and values are based and applying moral fundamentals to practical situations and decision procedures specific to or exact to various circumstances and situations (Smeltzer S and Bare 2004).The concept of ethical standards is based on common beliefs and religious morals influencing thinking and practice. Such standards are adequate standards of ethics because they are supported by consistent and well founded reasons (Benn 2001). HEALTHCARE ETHICS Ethical standards within healthcare refer to those standards that impose the reasonable obligations on healthcare workers to refrain from manipulating the system to obtain benefits for them to the extensive disadvantage of the healthcare service users. It also includes
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