Few subjects provoke as much controversy or debate as that of medical care, and the law that governs such an emotive area finds itself with the near-impossible task of simultaneously trying to regulate the medical profession and healthcare provision whilst upholding the rights of the millions of people who use those services every year. Medical Law combines an accessible explanation of the complex and challenging legal rules of medical care in England and Wales with a stimulating examination of the social, political and ethical arguments such care provokes. It examines a broad range of issues, from the structure and organisation of the NHS, through the rules of clinical negligence, as well as focussing on the legal and ethical concerns around such deeply contentious areas as surrogacy, organ donation, abortion and euthanasia. Written very much with newcomers to the area in mind, Leanne Bell lucidly outlines not just what the law is, but how it has developed over time and also provides insights as to how advances in medical technology and techniques may call for it to evolve in the future.
Chapter 1 - Structure of healthcare in England and WalesChapter 2- Introduction to medical ethicsChapter 3- Clinical negligence I: introductionChapter 4- Clinical negligence II: causationChapter 5- Clinical negligence III: procedure and damagesChapter 6- ConsentChapter 7- ConfidentialityChapter 8- Beginning of life I: fertility and conceptionChapter 9- Beginning of life II: surrogacyChapter 10- Beginning of life III: abortionChapter 11- End of life I: euthenasiaChapter 12- End of life II: neonaticideChapter 13- End of life III: organ donationChapter 14- Medical research