A shelter for intoxicated homeless -- a cause for ethics committees?
July 24, 2009
Denise, an email correspondent, has thrown down a gauntlet.
To the question, “How can our ethics committees do something ‘practical?’” she says: Needed: a shelter (other than a hospital bed) for intoxicated homeless. And she buttresses her request with good ethical principles and sees it as a matter of distributive justice.
That set me to thinking: What if the ethics committee at Denise’s hospital were to send a request to all ethics committees in our city to garner support for such an idea? I can see the committee chairs calling on the VP for Mission Effectiveness or the Development office to see if funds were available.
But a lot of spade work would have to be done first—and that is the place where my own lack of imagination and ingenuity bogs down.
HELP!! How “practical” ought ethics committees to be?? Anyone who isn’t on vacation, help us out here!!!