Thursday 22 March 2018 St Vincent’s Clinic, Darlinghurst NSW
Should we take away Hippocrates' licence? Professionalism, conscience and tolerance in a good society
Professor Daniel Sulmasy MD PhD MACP
Professor of Biomedical Ethics Georgetown University, Washington DC
Is it true that a doctor’s conscience has little place in the delivery of modern medical care? It has recently been argued that, if a doctor is not prepared to offer a service which is both legally permitted and wanted by a patient, then he or she should find another profession. This raises the following question: How should we assess arguments against a doctor’s right to refuse to provide a test or treatment based on a conscientious objection to the use of the desired intervention? In this lecture Daniel Sulmasy advanced an argument about the proper scope and limits of conscientious objection in healthcare.