From CMA ETHICS COMMITTEE:
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The CMA Ethics Committee meets on the same day as council. In April they identified some key issues for further discussion. In addition the CMA asks CMQ readers: How should these discussions be taken forward? How can the CMA share the fruits of these discussions with others?
- End of life care vs. palliative care; is there a difference?
- Spiritual care of the dying
- The Liverpool care pathway; key concerns and difficulties around end of life care etc; e.g. alternative good practice guidance for those with terminal illness.
- Access to health care and resource allocation; cuts, rationing; pressure to manipulating figures, etc
- Declaration of being a Catholic as a conflict of interest in scientific work or publication in medical or bioethics fora; declaration of being a Catholic in applying for jobs etc; Data-protection: some juniors are being asked to declare their religion (East Anglia). Is this for discriminatory purposes?
- Crematoria: Forms for non-viable foetus-what are the issues
- Family planning and reproductive issues in general
- setting out the principles to explain a little around the Church's position
- communicating these principles to students; advice for GPs; pharmacists etc
- advice for GP vocational trainees on how they apply for GP rotations when conscientious objections at stake.
- how doctors can be supported to practice without losing their jobs etc
- Values (sex) education in schools and for young people.
- We think that we have a key role in this work as clinicians who understand the efficacy and benefits/ risks of various forms of family planning and early onset sexual activity, and as it interacts very closely with key health care agendas etc.
- Relationships between CMA, other Catholic and religious bodies and the professional laity.
- Child abuse and the Church: How this negativity is affecting the CMA re-launch, and the way the CMA invites other clinical disciplines to join in its work.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
The CMA Ethics, Committee is open to all CMA members. Attend and contribute to the ongoing discussion. The CMQ will also continue to serve as a forum for lively debate.