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Snapshots of five clinical ethics committees in the UK
  1. M Szeremeta,
  2. John Dawson,
  3. Donal Manning,
  4. Alan R Watson,
  5. Margaret M Wright,
  6. William Notcutt,
  7. Richard Lancaster
  1. Peterborough Hospitals, Peterborough; Arrowe Park Hospital, Merseyside; City Hospital, Nottingham; James Paget Hospital, Great Yarmouth; St Mary's Hospital, London, respectively


    Each of the following papers gives an account of a different UK clinical ethics committee. The committees vary in the length of time they have been established, and also in the main focus of their work. The accounts discuss the development of the committees and some of the ethical problems that have been brought to them. The issues raised will be relevant for other National Health Service (NHS) trusts in the UK that wish to set up such a committee.

    • Ethics
    • committee
    • clinical
    • policy
    • ethicist

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    • Mrs M Szeremeta is Assistant Director (Education and Training) at Bedford Hospital, Bedford.

    • John Dawson, DM, FRCP, is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and Donal Manning, MD, MSc, FRCPCH, is a Consultant Paediatrician at the Wirral Hospital, Arrowe Park, Upton, Wirral, Merseyside.

    • Dr Alan R Watson, FRCP, FRCPCH, is a Consultant Paediatrician and Chairman of the Ethics of Clinical Practice Committee at Nottingham City Hospital.

    • Dr Margaret M Wright, FRCA, is a Consultant Anaesthetist at James Paget Hospital, Great Yarmouth. Dr William G Notcutt, FRCA, is a Consultant Anaesthetist at the same hospital. Correspondence to Dr Notcutt.

    • Dr Richard Lancaster, PhD, FRCP, is a Consultant Physician and Chairman of the Clinical Ethics Committee.