Good Samaritan Hospital Chief Operating Officer Disciplined Amid Vaccine Scandal
Charles Binkley, director of bioethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, said he is not surprised by the frustration. When such a precious resource is involved, particularly with vulnerable elderly members of a community still struggling to access it.
“The underlying assumption is that everything health care does is to avoid harm and do good,” Binkley said. “When something like this happens, when a trusted system is violated in some way, it violates that public trust."
“This isn’t about doing something nice,” he said, “it’s about following an acceptable, legal, and ethical order that’s been established. The key players shouldn’t be confused about that.”
Charles Binkley, director of bioethics, quoted in The Mercury News.