2015 General practice, clinical intention and the sexual offences act 2003

In times of clinical complexity and uncertainty, general practitioners must be capable of routinely accepting “ultimate” responsibility for difficult judgements. All sexual contact with a kid under the age of 16 is prohibited by the Sexual Offences Act of 2003. However, it is not illegal for someone to act in a way that prevents a child from contracting a sexually transmitted virus, ensures their physical safety, stops them from getting pregnant, or helps them feel better emotionally by offering guidance. Medical-legal academic writers have contrasted the particular defense of double-effect utilized in the area of palliative care with the legal separation of purpose and foreseeability. In order to build an ethical framework for this issue’s examination, this essay aims to draw on legal concepts. This case study is intended to spark more debate, clarify the moral justification for the current GP guidelines, and demonstrate how the doctrine or principle of twofold effect can be applied to situations outside the scope of palliative medicine.