Bioethics : responsibilities and norms for those involved in health care Collection home page Statistics

The worthwhileness or otherwise of a National Dialogue or similar talk-shop can be measured in terms of both inputs and outputs. The publication of the proceedings of the National Dialogue on Bioethics (the term was used in its looser sense) held as one of the keynote acts promoted by the Ministry for Social Policy, instituted in Malta after the 1987 general elections, provides an occasion for reviewing the inputs with the advantage of some hindsight. Two features, I think, emerge clearly from the record of the bringing together of health care professionals with both a few foreign experts and the local public at large to discuss matters of common ethical and moral concern. The first is the considerable sense of malaise and confusion expressed about the way in which things had waffled along over the previous years. The simultaneous occurrence of major advances in the biomedical field (especially in the field of what has been called "procreative engineering") and the pluralisation of cultural values in the same territorial space have provoked an outburst of bioethical discussion throughout the world. Here, in Malta, medical praxis seems to have evolved in a manner increasingly adrift and apart from the reflection of our traditional moral mentors; and to have resulted in making client reactions ever numb and dumb. Premonitions that such was the situation had actually been a principal motivation for calling the congress. Moreover, the need for a more active collaboration between citizens and authorities in the health field had long been acute. Indeed the "personalisation" of the social services, among which health care is central, was the watchword which the people of Malta committed to the Government elected in 1987.

Edited by:

Toni Cortis

National Dialogue

7- 9 July 1988

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Malta 1989

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Issue DateTitleAuthor(s)
1989Towards humanization of medicineGalea, Louis
1989Report on the National Dialogue on BioethicsShields, Victor
1989Bioethics : the case for a health ethics councilMifsud Bonnici, Ugo
1989Professional ethics determine professional attitudesMoran, Vincent
1989Some ethical issues facing the gynaecologistGatt, Alfred
1989Ethical issues in medicineMuscat, Carmelo
1989Ethics and medical practice : some considerationsWain, Kenneth
1989The ethics of clinical researchEllul-Micallef, Roger
1989Ethical reflections by a junior doctorAquilina, Sandra
1989Ethics committee : their nature and functionVella, Charles G.
1989Basic questions in bioethics todayO'Connell, Laurence J.
1989Introduction : session 3 : bioethical problems and the case for a health ethics councilFenech, Fredrick F.
1989Life-sustaining treatment : ethical considerationsPace, Paul
1989Life-sustaining treatment : ethical considerationsPullicino, Patrick
1989Life-sustaining treatment : ethical considerationsO'Connell, Laurence J.
1989Opening address : session 2 : bioethical aspects of life sustaining techniquesGerman, Lino J.
1989The legal position in bioethical problems of life and deathBorg Barthet, Anthony E.
1989The ethical values of social workMinster, Louis
1989Introduction : session 2 : bioethical aspects of life sustaining techniquesHyzler, George
1989Artificial reproduction and ethical considerationsGrech, Edwin S.
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