PhD Scholar, Department of Sociology
University of Delhi
In the realm of health care, health science and health policy there is definite need for a shared reflection in relation to maintaining an ethical standard of health provision and also most importantly in the area of research and development, the subject of bioethics holds an imperative position (Center for Ethics and Humanities in Life Sciences, Michigan State University 2014). Bioethics involves a reflective process where the existing standard of ethical protocol is deliberated upon by the scientific community, along with the health care recipient population, general public, academia, media, political fronts, civil society groups, religious groups and any other concerned forum or individuals. It should be an inclusive process aiming at achieving the highest standard of ethics possible and the dissemination of knowledge to understand and deal with the nature of an ethical concern or issue becomes preliminary to its objective of achieving the highest standard of ethical practice. The availability of such a neutral space where the deliberation on ethical issues concerning health care, medical research and health policy is mostly a challenge as the authority of the scientific world over the general public usually dominates decision-making processes. Despite such power struggles in determining the highest standard of ethical practice, the discourse on bioethics in the present times have gained currency and the involvement of several pressure groups and vigilant civil society organizations have made the engagement more vibrant and organic with people’s voices reaching the policy spaces especially through media and advancements in social networking.