Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


Conscientious objection in medicine: Doctors' freedom of conscience

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 16 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:425

Rapid Response:

Conscientious Objection: A Possible Paradox

This is not meant as an attack upon the author of this letter - I have my
own issues with Conscientious objection in medicine, I agree with its
general thrust but feel it goes too far. Yet it strikes me: if members of
the medical profession are keen to preserve their right to object, why
don't they exercise it? I refer to the BMA withdrawing its objection to
Lord Joffey's Bill - though other bodies have continued their objection.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

21 February 2006
Michael Gillan Peckitt
University Tutor
University of Hull, c/o Philosophy Dept, Hull, E Yorks, HU6 7RX