Half-day Symposium on Practical Medical Ethics

Half-day symposium on rationing health care resources

Ship Street Centre, Jesus College, Oxford. Please note there is no parking at the venue.  Also, this year's Encaenia ceremony will take place at the same time as the Symposium so Oxford City Centre will be busier than usual.  Please allow plenty of time to get to Ship Street Centre.

Professor Dominic Wilkinson, Dr Rebecca Brown, Professor Julian Savulescu, Professor Thaddeus Mason Pope, Professor Christian Munthe.

Practical medical ethics: Rationing responsibly in an age of austerity

Health professionals face ever expanding possibilities for medical treatment, increasing patient expectations and at the same time intense pressures to reduce healthcare costs. This leads frequently to conflicts between obligations to current patients, and others who might benefit from treatment. Is it ethical for doctors and other health professionals to engage in bedside rationing? What ethical principles should guide decisions (for example about which patients to offer intensive care admission or surgery)? Is it discriminatory to take into account disability in allocating resources? If patients are responsible for their illness, should that lead to a lower priority for treatment? In this seminar philosophers from the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics will explore and shed light on the profound ethical challenges around allocating limited health care resources.

*Philosophical case discussion and *prize*
The afternoon will conclude with a live “ethics committee” deliberation on a clinical case.
Attendees at the meeting are encouraged to submit a case for discussion based on their clinical experience.
If chosen for presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to present a short (5 minute) clinical summary.
They will also receive complementary registration at the seminar, and a £40 Blackwell’s voucher.
To submit a case, please send a short (<200 word) deidentified case description including the key ethical questions to dominic.wilkinson@philosophy.ox.ac.uk 
Deadline for cases 20th May.

Fees and booking 
Early bird Standard (until 29 April) - £15 
Early bird Student (until 29 April) - £10
Standard rate (from 30 April) - £25
Student rate (from 30 April) - £20

Book online here: http://bit.ly/2FNk9Gn 

1.00 - 1.30: Registration
1.30: Introduction: Prof Dominic Wilkinson, University of Oxford 
1.35: Guest lecture: Prof Christian Munthe: Rationing antibiotics in the face of drug resistance: ethical challenges, principles and pathways
2.05: Dominic Wilkinson: Allocating intensive care beds and balancing ethical values
2.25: Rebecca Brown: Moralising medicine – is it ethical to allocate treatment based on responsibility for illness?
2.45: Julian Savulescu: Cost-equivalence – rethinking treatment allocation.
3.05:  Guest Lecture: Prof Thaddeus Mason Pope: Allocating organs – the US approach
3.40: Tea/coffee
4.00: Live philosophical ethics committee: (A panel of philosophers and ethicists respond to case brought by conference attendees)
5.00: Refreshments: Wine/soft drinks/cheese