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Codes of ethics, human rights and forced migration

Codes of ethics, human rights and forced migration

Essex, Ryan ORCID: 0000-0003-3497-3137 (2020) Codes of ethics, human rights and forced migration. American Journal of Bioethics. ISSN 1526-5161 (Print), 1536-0075 (Online) (In Press)

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Abstract

Codes of medical ethics have a range of fundamental limitations, London (2020) suggests that they have two fundamental flaws; how they deal with uncertainty and failing to address the role of advertising in healthcare. While I agree these are major concerns, the limitations of codes of ethics can be seen elsewhere. This article will consider the relationship between codes of ethics and force migration; in particular situations in which healthcare professionals may be proximate or involved in human rights violations, such as immigration detention centres. I will expand on London’s (2020) identification of “individualism” within codes as problematic. I will argue that while codes often utilise the language of human rights their focus on individual healthcare professionals and patients often comes at the cost of guiding broader social, institutional and structural reform. To address these issues we will not only need to reform codes, but look beyond them. That is, the healthcare professions also need to begin to think about the organisational, institutional and structural change that is needed, not only to enable the most ethical choices to be made, but in working toward a more just world.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: codes of ethics, human rights, forced migration, ethics
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Adult Nursing & Paramedic Science
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Professional Workforce Development
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2020 22:40
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Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/30062

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