17 May 2022
Covid-19: Is it reasonable to ask retired doctors to return to “duty”
In certain circumstances, and for a variety of reasons, patients choose to refuse medical treatment.  These decisions, in the absence of cognitive impairment, are typically respected by clinicians. Similarly, situations arise when medical professionals decline to care for a patient.  Such refusal is fraught, with arguments made that this represents abdication of duty. However, in practice, it is generally accepted that a doctor cannot be forced to treat a patient and, indeed, doctors’ freedom of choice is protected in international law.