Core Medical Training
Greater emphasis should be placed upon teaching medical law and
ethics at an
undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Issues surounding end-of life decision-making, consent,
confidentiality and the
legal rights of patients to demand treatments, place medical law at the
the clinical domain. The growth of clinical negligence and clinical
have necessitated a more legalistic approach to clinical practice.
more effective legal reasoning skills will be essential for all doctors in
The increasing availability of life sustaining treatments, genetic
transplantation and assisted reproduction and the realities of healthcare
rationing inevitably cause ethical dilemmas. Fostering higher level
reasoning would clearly inform decison-making in these challenging areas.
Competing interests: No competing interests