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Bioethics Seminar: How should we constrain physicians’ discretionary space to ensure good medicine?

Daniel Sulmasy has argued that positions that rule out conscientious objection in medicine leave physicians with no discretionary space to exercise professional judgment. He claims, rightly in my view, that the quality of public healthcare would be undermined if physicians could not exercise professional judgment. His response is to argue for a discretionary space only loosely constrained by a Lockean view of tolerance.

First, I show that Sulmasy is attacking a strawman; positions that proscribe conscientious objections can do so by narrowing, but not eliminating, discretionary space. Second, I argue that, a narrower discretionary space constrained by laws and professional ideals will result in better medicine than the wider discretionary space that Sulmasy promotes.

Speaker: Doug McConnell, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Charles Stuart University.

Date Monday, 21 August 2017
Time 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Open Seminar
DepartmentBioethics Centre
LocationBioethics Centre Seminar Room, First Floor, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street). Also video-linked Wellington and Christchurch Campus.
Contact NameBioethics Centre
Contact Phone64 3 471 6120

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