Ethics

Ethics for students

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Just embarking on your medical career? 

This tool kit aims to give you:

  • a general introduction to common ethical problems you may encounter
  • practical ways of thinking about ethical problems to help solve issues which arise

Use the student ethics tool kit

Everyday Medical Ethics and Law

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Get practical advice on everyday ethical dilemmas 

Our new handy reference paperback is based on real life queries from our members. 

The book summarises best practice standards, legal benchmarks and advice from expert organisations.

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Expressions of doctors' beliefs

doctor with patientWe recognise that some doctors and medical students may have a conscientious objection to participating in some procedures that are nonetheless lawful.

This guidance sets out the BMA's views on conscientious objection.

More on conscientious objection

Assisted dying

palliative careWhile we fully acknowledge the broad spectrum of opinion within our membership, since 2006 BMA policy has remained that the law should not be changed to permit assisted dying or doctors’ involvement in assisted dying.

Find out more about our policy on assisted dying

Find out about our research project on end-of-life care

Medical Ethics Today

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Our definitive Handbook gives you essential guidance on the legal and ethical issues you encounter in your clinical practice.

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Find a publication

Use our ethics A to Z to find quick links to all our papers, guidance, tool kits and books, including:

  • Safeguarding vulnerable adults
  • End of life care
  • Firearms

Ethics A to Z