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Social conscience and healthcare professionals: Where does one draw the line?

Amma Antwi, Tafadzwa Chigumba, Abnel Mutambasere, Ngunja Lohuma Seyuba

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In this paper we hope to define social conscience and how it might apply in a healthcare context. We discuss how social problems affect one’s health. Where does one draw the line in bearing the responsibility of acting on their social conscience and what level of engagement is appropriate or enough? Are healthcare professionals required to have a social conscience, and if so must they take action regarding the failures of the healthcare system and its social impact? Ethical issues seldom have a definitive answer. However, by exploring different opinions we begin to understand our own social conscience and those of others, which helps us identify common values, visions and goals, bringing us closer to initiating societal change.

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Amma Antwi, Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Tafadzwa Chigumba, Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Abnel Mutambasere, Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Ngunja Lohuma Seyuba, Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Social Conscience

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South African Journal of Bioethics and Law 2013;6(1):6-9. DOI:10.7196/SAJBL.266

Article History

Date submitted: 2013-05-04
Date published: 2013-06-24

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