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There have been a number of articles written, including by our CEO, on the approaches healthcare professionals could and should adopt when making decisions about the allocation of scarce resources during crises.

All draw on key philosophical concepts to define what is just. There are a number of lenses through which to view the issues such as utlitiarianism, contractualism, egalitarianism and virtue ethics. However, there are no rules or guidelines which will provide absolute certainty in extraordinary situations. When it comes to the crunch, individuals in leadership positions and on the front line must make the best decisions they can.

All leaders must be prepared to face, at some point, unforeseen and complex challenges. While the current crisis is an extreme example, these are not the times to start thinking about your own personal ethics and convictions. Confidently making decisions at such times requires leaders to already have a strong, well developed ethical framework upon which to build their thinking. For their own benefit, and because, ultimately, the community needs to rely on the judgement of its leaders, and trust that they have our best interests at heart.

via The Atlantic and ABC, 11 & 18 March 2020

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As the outbreak of COVID-19 engulfs more of our lives we are increasingly faced with serious ethical questions about what ordinary people should be obliged to do for others. Acting selfishly has more consequences than usual right now.

This article explores why it’s so important that individually we all exercise ethical judgement and offers some guidelines to navigate the moral challenges created by COVID-19, with the reminder that as the stakes rise, acts of kindness and support are more important than ever before.

The Conversation, 24 March 2020

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