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Should doctors feel able to practise according to their personal views and beliefs? — Yes

Brian V Conway
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (9): 496-497. || doi: 10.5694/mja11.11234
Published online: 7 November 2011

YES: Paediatrician Brian Conway believes freedom to practise in accordance with conscience enables healthy diversity and is the ultimate safeguard for patients

The child lies in the hospital, defeated by cancer and on the edge of death. Clinicians advise that there is nothing more to do beyond keeping her comfortable. The parents disagree. Wanting absolutely everything done, they secure a court order to enforce their wishes. With every cardiac arrest, the treating team reluctantly sets to work. She has already arrested nearly 10 times through the day and staff dread the next code.

  • Brian V Conway

  • Burnside Hospital, Adelaide, SA.


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