In the Proceedings of the IAHCP 26th Annual Scientific Meeting and Conference, Blackpool, UK, 18 – 21 July 2015
Legal and Ethical Dilemmas in Healthcare in the 21st Century by Professor Kingsley Osonnaya
Professor Kingsley Osonnaya informed conference that confidentiality and consent to medical treatment play extremely important roles in the context of medical practice and patient care. Informed consent represents the legal and ethical expression of the human right to have one’s autonomy and self-determination respected. He explained that it has been argued that every human being of adult age and sound mind has a right to determine what shall be done with his/her own body. Professor Kingsley-Osonnaya gave examples of this; a surgeon who performs an operation without the consent of his patient commits an assault; similarly, the fact that a patient agrees to an appointment for clinical investigation does not necessarily mean that the patient has given his or her consent to treatment. A clinician would need to obtain the patient’s consent before starting any treatment. He explained to conference that in the following workshop a number of legal and ethical questions would be addressed. Case studies would also be used to address the concepts of confidentiality and informed consent in relation to real life experiences.
Professor Kingsley Osonnaya informed conference that his objective was for the delegates to discuss confidentiality and informed consent issues in medical practice and analyse the legal and ethical issues that are faced by clinicians in dealing with patients. This would be achieved by looking at case reviews and a workshop. He explained that this would be an interactive problem solving workshop approach to discuss some case scenarios involving legal and ethical issues in healthcare.
Correspondence: Professor Kingsley Osonnaya, Medico-Legal Researcher, London, England, UK
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