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Balancing the duty to treat with the duty to family in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

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Healthcare systems around the world are struggling to maintain a sufficient workforce to provide adequate care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staffing problems have been exacerbated by healthcare workers (HCWs) refusing to work out of concern for their families. I sketch a deontological framework for assessing when it is morally permissible for HCWs to abstain from work to protect their families from infection and when it is a dereliction of duty to patients. I argue that it is morally permiss...

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Peer review status:
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0001-5813-0834
Publisher:
BMJ Publishing Group Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Medical Ethics Journal website
Volume:
46
Issue:
6
Pages:
360-363
Publication date:
2020-04-24
Acceptance date:
2020-04-04
DOI:
EISSN:
1473-4257
ISSN:
0306-6800
Pubs id:
1102376
Local pid:
pubs:1102376
Language:
English
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