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Bioethics in humanitarian disaster relief operations: a military perspective
  1. James Davies1,
  2. A Brockie2 and
  3. J Breeze1
  1. 1Department of Maxillofacial Surgery, University Hospitals Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2Headquarters Joint Hospital Group, Plymouth, UK
  1. Correspondence to Maj James Davies, Department of Maxillofacial Surgery, University Hospitals Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TH, UK; james.davies47{at}nhs.net

Abstract

The ethical dilemmas faced every day by military personnel working within the NHS will potentially be very different to ones that will be faced in the wake of a humanitarian disaster. Allied to this the potentially differing objectives from military personnel when compared with other healthcare workers in these scenarios and a conflict of ethics could arise.

Within this paper, the fundamentals of this conflict will be explored and how working within the military framework can affect clinical decisions. This is a paper commissioned as a part of the humanitarian and disaster relief operations special issue of BMJ Military Health.

  • ethics (see medical ethics)
  • medical ethics
  • risk management
  • international health services

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  • Contributors The article was written by JD and based largely on a talk created by AB for the military. JB had a large role in the editorial and draft process and contributed directly to the main text. It was reviewed by both JB and AB.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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