Response to Ruud ter Meulen

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Ruth Chadwick


In addition to thinking about the meanings of solidarity, it is important to address how solidarity of the appropriate sort can be cultivated. Possibilities include the transformative power of key individuals or events; and the role of institutions. In health care it is suggested that a combination of the two strategies is required.  Professional conduct includes not only acting in 'face to face' delivery, but also engaging with those institutions which enable or disable certain ways of acting, so that they are constantly subject to revision to ensure that they facilitate the provision of decent healthcare.
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Ruth Chadwick, The University of Manchester

Prof. Ruth Chadwick
Professor of Bioethics
Williamson Building 2.13
School of Law
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL


Professor Ruth Chadwick is Professor of Bioethics at the University of Manchester. From 2002-2013 she directed the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen). She co-edits Bioethics and Life Sciences, Society and Policy, and has served on the Council of the Human Genome Organisation, the Panel of Eminent Ethical Experts of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), and the UK Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP). She is Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences; of the Hastings Center, New York; of the Royal Society of Arts; and of the Society of Biology. In 2005 she won the World Technology Network Award for Ethics and in 2014 she was elected Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.


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CHADWICK, R. Response to Ruud ter Meulen. Diametros, n. 43, p. 21-27, 14 mar. 2015.
Special Topic - Solidarity and Justice in Health Care