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Contested Paediatric Palliative Care
Contested Paediatric Palliative Care

A Church of England Perspective

Author(s): Brendan McCarthy
Subject(s): Philosophy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Ethics / Practical Philosophy, Theology and Religion, Religion and science
Published by: Trivent Publishing
Keywords: Paediatric Palliative Care; Church of England; decision-making; law; religion;best interest; medical ethics;
Summary/Abstract: Determining the best interests of children in the context of potentially futile medical intervention is highly complex and must be approached in a fully transparent manner, consistent with other areas of care. The Church of England views medical ethics through the prism of four cascading principles: affirmation of life, care of the vulnerable, creation of a caring and cohesive society, and respect for individuals. Human life is valued not only instrumentally and individualistically, but also inclusively and intrinsically. This does not make decision-making easier, but it does provide a principled, consistent guide for those entrusted with end of life care.

  • Page Range: 163-175
  • Page Count: 13
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Language: English