Ethical guide for surgeons is launched

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 13 December 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1559
  1. Kamran Abbasi
  1. BMJ

    Surgeons should advise patients as if they were treating themselves or family members. Moreover, they should not allocate scarce resources on the basis of social status, class, or other personal attributes, according to a report from the Senate of Surgery of Great Britain and Ireland.

    The surgeon's duty of care. Guidance for surgeons on ethical and legal issues says surgeons work in environments where they often need to make urgent decisions with potentially far reaching implications. New developments and advances in technology, although presenting new opportunities, may also give rise to new moral dilemmas.

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