I’ve just watched the view on Science and moral questions on the week 2 page and read the page highlighted in Marna’s post which clearly explains the difference between ethics and morals. A quick google for moral ethics in healthcare found some interesting papers but especially this one on moral courage.
Thoughts so far:
- Morals are your own internal values/opinions which influence your actions.
- The ethics of your society and professional community may not influence your moral values but will probably influence your actions!
- Your moral courage will determine to what extent you are prepared to honour your own moral values/opinions when these conflict with the ethical framework as determined by your society, profession, place of work etc within which you are operating.
See this news story which highlights a culture in the UK NHS that strongly discourages some moral actions of its employees – NHS whistleblower Gary Walker ‘faced bullying culture’… would you be courageous enough to do the right thing in such circumstances? I don’t know if I would have been….