n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - By the way ...

Volume 23, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Extracted from text ... Recent newspaper and magazine reports have highlighted an alarming phenomenon: the refusal of medical care or medication by practitioners who feel that such treatment goes against their specific beliefs. This seems particularly prevalent in America, where pharmacists are refusing to provide the morning-after pill or hormonal contraception. So, I was interested to see an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine, 'The celestial fire of conscience - refusing to deliver medical care', by R Alta Charo. As he says, '... physicians, nurses and pharmacists are increasingly claiming a right to the autonomy not only to refuse to provide ..

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