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In order to make a decision of whether or not to accept the business proposition from the complementary Products Company I initially need to outline the ethical issues that the different decisions would create.

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Introduction

Legal and Professional Issues- First Assignment Scenario four In order to make a decision of whether or not to accept the business proposition from the complementary Products Company I initially need to outline the ethical issues that the different decisions would create. Ethical issues raised by accepting the offer: By offering doctors 'incentives' is actually a form of bribery, therefore this is not an ethical way to implement the features on the system, as people have to be given an incentive to take it on rather than take it on their own accord. By advertising the services of the complementary products on documents for patients the IT Company are allowing the complementary services to target vulnerable patients who may feel these services will act as a 'miracle cure', in fact the practitioners hold uncertain qualifications with unknown risks. ...read more.

Middle

Although the complementary services have not yet been proven they could cure many patients, which orthodox medicines cannot cure. An ethical issue is raised here as can the IT company deprive patients from potential cures to illness? As mentioned previously if doctors are offered incentives to accept the feature it is in fact bribery, but if this incentive benefited the welfare of the patients is it unethical to take the chance away from patients to learn about other forms of cures and potentially benefit from them. Preparing to deal with the problem After having looked at the ethical issues involved I next need to prepare myself in order to ensure I deal with the problem as effectively as possible. ...read more.

Conclusion

Proposing and justifying a solution As the decision maker for this problem I have decided to partly implement the feature into our system and leave out some of the proposed ventures. I feel that patients should be aware of other forms of medicine and treatment that could potentially aid their recovery. Therefore I suggest that the company wishing to market health related products produce a series of booklets and informational leaflets outlining the services they offer. These leaflets will than be made available to patients at the health centre so they can look at them if they wish, and not be pressured into it. By adopting the utilitarian approach I aim to please as many people as possible by making the information available but not exploiting the vulnerability of patients at the same time. Laura Hollis IMBS Page 1 ...read more.

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