The Role of Medical Professionals in Shaping Healthcare Law during Covid-19

  • Sabrina Germain


This article explores the changing nature of the allocation of healthcare resources during the Covid-19 crisis and how it may have shaped a new role for medical professionals in healthcare law and policymaking. It contrasts the traditional input of medical professionals in systemic healthcare reforms (1946, 1990 and 2012) with their role in the elaboration of ethical emergency guidance published by the British Medical Association and the Royal College of Physicians in March–April 2020, using a discourse analysis methodology and concepts borrowed from political philosophy.

Keywords: Covid-19; medical professionals; healthcare law and policy; ethics; justice; emergency guidance.


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Special Section: Law, Public Policy and the Covid Crisis—Part One