Clinical Ethics Committees: A Due Process Wasteland?
McLean, Sheila A.M.
Clinical Ethics 2008 June; 3(2): 99-104
The development of clinical ethic support in the UK arguably brings with it a series of legal questions, which need to be addressed. Most particularly, these concern questions of due process and formal justice, which I argue are central to the provision of appropriate ethical advice. In this article, I will compare the UK position with the more developed system in the USA, which often provides a template for development in the UK. While it is not argued that the provision of clinical ethics support in the UK will necessarily follow the path mapped in the USA, there are lessons that can be learned from the US experience ? particularly in terms of attention to process ? from which UK clinical ethics support service might well benefit.
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