Responses

Download PDFPDF
“That’s Africa”: acceptance as a form of negligence
Compose Response

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Author Information
First or given name, e.g. 'Peter'.
Your last, or family, name, e.g. 'MacMoody'.
Your email address, e.g. higgs-boson@gmail.com
Your role and/or occupation, e.g. 'Orthopedic Surgeon'.
Your organization or institution (if applicable), e.g. 'Royal Free Hospital'.
Statement of Competing Interests

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Responses are moderated before posting and publication is at the absolute discretion of BMJ, however they are not peer-reviewed
  • Once published, you will not have the right to remove or edit your response. Removal or editing of responses is at BMJ's absolute discretion
  • If patients could recognise themselves, or anyone else could recognise a patient from your description, please obtain the patient's written consent to publication and send them to the editorial office before submitting your response [Patient consent forms]
  • By submitting this response you are agreeing to our full [Response terms and requirements]

Vertical Tabs

Other responses

Jump to comment:

  • Published on:
    Response to e letter

    In response to your comments:

    Ethics is about choices, but I do not agree that health care workers do not have choices. The choices available to us are obviously very varied. Some may well be able to change the number of nurses in a hospital (or have the ability to lobby for that kind of change). Alternatively in your cancer example, your choice may be just to turn the patient or to provide a cushion. The...

    Show More
    Conflict of Interest:
    None declared.
  • Published on:
    Is "acceptance" really an unethical form of negligence?

    If I understand ethics correctly, it has to do with "oughts" - what we should do, or ought to do. This assumes that we have a choice. It is not unethical to "let" someone die of a highly aggressive cancer of unknown etiology, for example; we have no choice in the matter. We do have a choice on whether to perform a 1st trimester abortion on demand, or whether to pull the plug on Karen Quinlan. Ethics implies choice. Delan...

    Show More
    Conflict of Interest:
    None declared.