The extremity of the circumstances in which military doctors operate can make it difficult at times to understand how best to fulfill their obligations to patients. This guide will provide you with the key ethical factors to consider in such circumstances.
What you'll get from this guide
- Ethical duties in relation to consent and capacity, confidentiality, and competence.
- Ethical duties in relation to treating detainees.
- Identifying and reporting unethical practice and abuse.
How to use this guide
This toolkit is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to ethical questions arising for military doctors.
We have also included more detailed guidance, including from the Ministry of Defence, and further sources of information and support.
When facing specific ethical dilemmas, doctors are strongly recommended to refer to this more comprehensive guidance, or to seek further advice from the BMA, GMC or their personal medical legal defence organisation.