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This article is the concluding part of the discussion of ethical issues around xenotransplantation which was commenced in the May issue of the journal. Very little discussion has been published in the professional press on this topic. The message of the articles is that it behoves us to think about these issues before commencing such a new course.
In the preceding articles on confidentiality, a framework of understanding has been built up by exploring two features of the subject. First, legal obligations that arise from the common law have been reviewed, and second, the scope of understanding has been expanded by rehearsing the requirements placed on professionals by their respective regulatory… (More)
The preceding articles in this series have addressed the issues that surround the legal principle of owing a duty of care to people. The articles discussed the underlying concept of the application of 'standards' to a nurse's duty to people. Nurses owe to their patients and clients a duty that is underpinned not only by law (or legal principles) but also by… (More)
The principles of confidentiality are of paramount importance to nurses and all health professionals. This is explicitly so as the Common Law recognizes confidentiality and supports its importance. However, current practice must take cognizance of the realities of 21st century healthcare delivery - we live in an age of electronic data that is potentially… (More)
In the case of The Queen v. East Sussex County Council and The Disability Rights Commission  the position in English and European Law with regard to the rights of disabled people to be lifted manually in their homes was reviewed. The judgement also reviewed the position with regard to the risks posed to carers when they manually lift. The judgement… (More)
Previous articles in this series have sought to present an historical chronology of events that have produced the healthcare environment of today. The government has been examined by reference to direct political materials and to the literature produced by the Department of Health. This article and the next aim to concentrate on a review of the current… (More)
The author had a twofold purpose in writing this article: firstly to inform readers of the current legal principles that inform the duty of care, and secondly to discuss these principles with reference to two recent cases. Practitioners giving consideration to these issues will be assisted in their professional decision-making processes.
The connection was previously made between Government-sponsored reports (JM Consulting) and a theoretical model of regulation (National Consumer Council). The proximity of several events has been alluded to and a central event in the sequence of debate is the subject of this article: the Bristol Inquiry. It is intended that, although the focus of the… (More)