Swine flu, doctors and pandemics : Is there a duty to treat during a pandemic?

Bennett, Belinda, Carney, Terry, & Saint, Caroline (2010) Swine flu, doctors and pandemics : Is there a duty to treat during a pandemic? Journal of Law and Medicine, 17(5), pp. 736-747.

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Abstract

The swine influenza (H1N1) outbreak in 2009 highlighted the ethical and legal pressures facing general practitioners and health workers in emergency departments in determining the nature and limits of their obligations to their patients and the public. Health workers require guidance on the multiple, overlapping, and at times conflicting legal and ethical duties owed to patients and prospective patients, employers and fellow health workers, and their families. Existing sources of advice on these issues in Australia, by way of statements of medical ethics and other sources of advice, are shown to be in need of further amplification if health workers are to be provided with the certainty and guidance required. Given the complexity of the issues, Australia would therefore benefit from more extensive consultation with the variety of stakeholders involved in these questions if pandemic plans are to smoothly deal with future crises in an ethically and legally sound manner.

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ID Code: 70907
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1320-159X
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Current > Schools > School of Law
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Deposited On: 01 May 2014 03:22
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 03:06

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