1 Aug 2017 | GS 4 | Recently a social activist fighting against superstition was killed by a mob with certain political affiliation while addressing a public gathering in the area where you are posted as Chief Medical Officer in a government hospital. His body was sent to your hospital for post mortem. Subsequently you started getting telephone calls from some influential people and politicians pressurizing you to ( i) manipulate the post mortem report in a manner that the case of murder is not substantiated. You are also threatened for life if you do not comply or (ii) in case if you comply, offer is given to you for promotion as well as suitable monetary compensation. (a) What are the ethical conflicts the doctor faces in this case? (b) What would be consequence if the doctor does not stick to his professional ethics? (c) What would be practically right thing to do for the doctor and why?

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Q.4) Recently a social activist fighting against superstition was killed by a mob with certain political affiliation while addressing a public gathering in the area where you are posted as Chief Medical Officer in a government hospital. His body was sent to your hospital for post mortem. Subsequently you started getting telephone calls from some influential people and politicians pressurizing you to ( i) manipulate the post mortem report in a manner that the case of murder is not substantiated. You are also threatened for life if you do not comply or (ii) in case if you comply, offer is given to you for promotion as well as suitable monetary compensation.

(a) What are the ethical conflicts the doctor faces in this case?
(b) What would be consequence if the doctor does not stick to his professional ethics?
(c) What would be practically right thing to do for the doctor and why?

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