Law and ethics: a midwifery dilemma

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Health care professionals are required by health care regulators to rationally and analytically resolve ethical dilemmas involving the people they encounter, putting the interests of those people first, respecting their decisions and upholding their rights. This can be a challenging task as many situations are complex and require professionals to provide care in an objective and compassionate manner regardless of their own views. Midwives and allied health professionals are directed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council'sThe Code: professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives(NMC 2015) and as always, the best interests of the person they are caring for are paramount.

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