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“That’s Africa”: acceptance as a form of negligence
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    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...

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    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...

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