BMA core ethics guidance on-line resource launched
The BMA has just published a new core ethics guidance resource for both medical students and practising doctors. This brings together the BMA’s core ethics toolkits in a single, easy to search and navigate resource with a simple URL (www.bma.org.uk/core-ethics). This replaces the BMA’s handbook of ethics and law (Medical Ethics Today).
Replacing the book with an online resource makes the information more accessible – at any time of the day or night – and makes it much easier to update, as individual ‘chapters’ (toolkits) can be updated as and when the need arises.
The topics covered are:
How to approach an ethical question
Common ethical dilemmas in the doctor-patient relationship
Consent and refusal of treatment by adults with decision-making capacity
Mental capacity – England and Wales; Scotland; and Northern Ireland
Children and young people
Confidentiality and health records
Other ethics guidance and resources from the BMA
Teachers of medical ethics who currently refer to the BMA’s guidance on their reading lists may wish to replace Medical Ethics Today with a link to this new core ethics guidance, which is freely accessible at: https://www.bma.org.uk/core-ethics