End-Stage Renal Failure: The Doctor's Duty and the Patient's Right
Lancet. 1984 Feb 18; 1(8373): 386-387.
Treatment of kidney failure varies greatly in the United Kingdom, since area health authorities determine allocation of funds. Patients in end-stage renal failure are frequently denied treatment in some regions, and pleas to expand hemodialysis and transplant programs have been unsuccessful. Brahams argues that, since a doctor has a duty of care toward his patients, individual doctors and the Secretary of State for Social Services could conceivably be guilty of manslaughter when treatment "necessary to meet all reasonable requirements" is not readily available. Patients denied treatment could apply for judicial review and an order of mandamus to force the Secretary to enforce the duty to treat. (KIE abstract)
Allowing to Die; Biomedical Technologies; Criminal Law; Disclosure; Doctors; Health; Health Care; Hemodialysis; Kidneys; Law; Legal Aspects; Legal Liability; Liability; Moral Obligations; Organ Transplantation; Patients; Physicians; Public Policy; Renal Dialysis; Resource Allocation; Review; Rights; Scarcity; Selection for Treatment; Transplantation;
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