Imposition of Good Samaritan Laws to Improve Professionalism among Medical Practitioners

  • Aishath Iffa Ashraf
  • Najy Faiz
  • Adlina Ariffin

Abstract

This paper discusses a legal-moral confl ict that exists in themedical fi eld which pertains to the duties of medical practitioners toward theirpatients. More specifi cally, it deliberates on paradoxical situations wheremedical practitioners are “legally permitted” to refuse rendering their servicesto the needy due to the principles entrenched in the law of negligence. Thislegal conundrum has created a moral ‘neglect’ on the part of the medicalpractitioners toward their patients who are in dire need of medical treatment.Hence, this paper argues that the concepts inherent in the Good Samaritan lawsshould be imposed on medical practitioners in Malaysia, particularly, sinceneglecting patients who urgently require medical attention transgresses theIslamic principle of helping ones neighbours and the needy, contravenes theHippocratic Oath and infringes the conscience of a morally upright individual.
Published
2017-12-29
How to Cite
ASHRAF, Aishath Iffa; FAIZ, Najy; ARIFFIN, Adlina. Imposition of Good Samaritan Laws to Improve Professionalism among Medical Practitioners. Intellectual Discourse, [S.l.], v. 25, n. Special Is, p. 661-675, dec. 2017. ISSN 2289-5639. Available at: <http://journals.iium.edu.my/intdiscourse/index.php/islam/article/view/1065>. Date accessed: 19 jan. 2018.