Social work and end-of-life care

Social work is important in end-of-life care

Should prisoners get better end-of-life care than non-offenders? But many people get poor care.

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Report of an ethical committwe debate

Should prisoners get better care at the end of life than non-offenders, who cannot afford to have the care they want?

That is one of the ethical issues that palliative care professionals working in prisons face. Among the answers is the classic statement that that people are sentenced to prison as punishment not for punishment. In other words the loss of freedom is the punishment, not unreasonable conditions of life. The ethical argument is they should not get worse care than it is possible to give, because that makes the punishment harsher than intended.

If that is true, the logical ethical argument is that social and healthcare should be the best possible for everyone. Is there anyone arguing for that? Or are we only getting the quality of care at the end-of-life that we can afford to pay for, or if we are lucky in the public services in our area?

Link to the Christian ethical website that raises this issue.

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Written by Malcolm Payne

26 July 2012 at 12:23 pm

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