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Professional Ethics and Labor Disputes : Medicine and Nursing in the United Kingdom.

Chadwick, Ruth and Thompson, Alison (2000) Professional Ethics and Labor Disputes : Medicine and Nursing in the United Kingdom. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 9 (4). pp. 483-497. ISSN 0963-1801

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Abstract

The term “industrial action” includes any noncooperation with management, such as strict “working to rule,” refusal of certain duties, going slow, and ultimately withdrawal of labor. The latter form of action, striking, has posed particular problems for professional ethics, especially in those professions that provide healthcare, because of the potential impact on patients' well-being. Examination of the issues, however, displays a difference in response between the healthcare professions, in particular between doctors and nurses. In considering the ethics of industrial (especially strike) action there are various aspects of professional ethics to consider: (1) whether there is a tension between industrial action and the very notion of professional ethics; (2) what specific issues arise in the case of healthcare professions; (3) what, if anything, can explain and/or justify different responses from the medical and nursing professions?

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
Additional Information: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=CQH The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 9 (4), pp 483-497 2000, © 2000 Cambridge University Press.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 14346
Deposited By: Mrs Yaling Zhang
Deposited On: 16 Oct 2008 09:53
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2016 01:14
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/14346

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