Ethics part 2: making good and right decisions in paramedic practice

Despite the creatine kinase and other blood tests being normal, Anne subsequently contracts pneumonia resulting in a month's stay in hospital. Upon her return home, Anne no longer feels she can leave...

Ethics part 1: what do paramedics owe patients?

In 2013, a paramedic refused to attend a 999 call near the end of their shift, when no further resources were apparently available. It gained media attention, and following a 2-year suspension, the...

Respecting an autonomous decision to refuse life-saving treatment: a case study

‘in which autonomous patients are choosers who act intentionally, with understanding, and without controlling influences that determine their actions’. .

Amended police powers under the MHA 1983

‘Patients should always be transported in the manner which is most likely to preserve their dignity and privacy consistent with managing any risk to their health and safety or to other people.’ .

Critical evaluation of advance statements from patients lacking mental capacity

In a series of cases, the English courts have recognised the legal effect at common law of advance statements. In the case of validity of an advance refusal of life-saving treatment, the courts will...

The NHS Constitution lacks clout

‘There has been a stream of initiatives produced to generate public awareness regarding rights and entitlements associated with the NHS’ .