Ethical Dilemmas In Health And Social Care Essay

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It is almost certain that an employee will witness some form of negligence at any given time, and will be accountable for their actions. Any healthcare professional seen to be carrying out unsafe practice will be deemed accountable. During this essay the author will begin analysing and discussing both legal and ethical implications, healthcare professionals encounter on a day-to-day basic while in clinical practice. It will begin by discussing the scenario encountered during the second year of placement in relation to autonomy, consent, fluctuating capacity and refusal of intervention and nursing responsibility, making reference to earlier law cases which relate to this scenario. Within the Healthcare profession today authors debate…show more content…
2007). These principles work in collaboration with each other for the patient, which endeavours to do the best in order to protect the patient from any harm (Dimond, 2008). However, Pozar (2006), Griffiths and Tenghah (2008) argue these two principles should outweigh respect for autonomy in life threatening situations, except when a competent patient is able to comprehend the life-threatening risk without the influence of others, then legally and morally professionals must respect the patient’s right to autonomy. Yet with regards to justice there is an obligation to treat people fairly and not to judge or discriminate against them in anyway (Dimond 2008). 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

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