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Ethical problems in clinical practice
  1. T Downes,
  2. K S Channer
  1. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Sheffield
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Tom Downes, Brearley Wing, Northern General Hospital, Herries Road, Sheffield S5 7AU, UK; 


Ethics is about judgment, which is rarely black and white. This paper highlights some of the ethical dilemmas that face practising clinicians in their everyday life and restates how useful the General Medical Council guidance is to make appropriate decisions. The authors have faced all eight of the clinical scenarios in this paper in their routine clinical practice.

  • ethics
  • confidentiality
  • duty of care
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