May 29, 2014

Sorry, No Ethics Allowed

Ethics? Ethnics? We don't need no steeking ethics!

From the Tablet:
Catholic doctors who follow church teaching on sexual ethics cannot work as gynaecologists in Britain, the Catholic Medical Association (CMA) conference was told.

Charlie O’Donnell, a consultant in emergency and intensive care medicine, said the best advice he could give to an “orthodox” Catholic wishing to specialise in obstetrics and gynaecology would be to “emigrate”.

Dr O’Donnell told the conference at Ealing Abbey, west London, on 17 May that a Catholic training to be a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology would soon find he or she had conscientious objections to such tasks as prescribing artificial contraceptives, giving unmarried couples fertility treatment or Viagra to gay couples.

He said that supervising consultants do not have the backup to allow trainees to opt out if they have moral objections to such work. However, conscientious objection to abortion is allowed because of specific provision in the 1967 Abortion Act.

[...]Last week the president of the CMA, Dr Robert Hardie sought clarification concerning reports that doctors and nurses with conscientious objections would be barred from obtaining a diploma from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health (FSRH). Medical staff normally need the diploma to work in sexual and reproductive healthcare.
Jim McManus, the Vice Chairman of the Healthcare Reference Group for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, said that any move that would result in Catholics being excluded from practising as gynaecologists would be unlawful.

H/T Wintery Knight


Doom said...

Personally, I do hope they ban them from practicing. We could certainly use more. As to not giving out credentials, that is a problem. They would also have to bar muslims, and possibly Jews, and several other "orthodox" or otherwise conservatives, in any case.

Now, what they may do, is make sure those "types" don't get through, perhaps starting with admission. Had a professor tell me "my type" wasn't allowed at MIT. Straight faced, straight out.

sig94 said...

Doom - yow, up front and personal, eh?

Britain already went through a brain drain not that long ago. Round 2 comin' up.

Tom Simon said...

Ah, but remember, Doom, if they banned Muslims from practice, that would be Islamophobia, which is doubleplusungood crimethink. Banning Catholics from practice is obviously completely different, and the Only Right Thing To Do™.