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Should doctors feel able to practise according to their personal values and beliefs? — No

Julian Savulescu
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (9): 497. || doi: 10.5694/mja11.11249
Published online: 7 November 2011

NO: Ethicist Julian Savulescu believes patient safety lies in objective moral standards

CConscientious objection by doctors, as is commonly practised, is discriminatory medicine. Only a fully justified and publicly accepted set of objective values results in ethical medicine as a proper public service with agreed and justified moral and legal standards to which doctors should be held.

  • Julian Savulescu

  • Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom.


Acknowledgements: 

I receive financial support from the Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education; Wellcome Trust Grant no: 086041/Z/08/Z ; and the Oxford Martin School.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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