Saving life is a top priority of the healthcare system. Under normal circumstances, patients with life-threatening conditions will be given priority over other patients with reference to their higher need.
However, as the ongoing pandemic has shown, there are exceptional situations where, due to lack of ICU beds, personnel and other resources, priorities may have to be made between patients with equally life-threatening conditions. What ethical principles should inform these hard decisions?
The theme for the Swedish National Council on Medical Ethics’ Award Winner Seminar 2021 is priority settings in healthcare in pandemics and other situations of mass casualties. The issue will be discussed from both a theoretical and a policy perspective. Experiences and lessons from the pandemic in different European countries will be shared.
The theme for the Seminar has been chosen by professor Torbjörn Tännsjö, winner of the Swedish National Council on Medical Ethics’ Award for 2020.
The seminar will be held in English.
The seminar will take place on December 10, 2021 in Stockholm, at Bankhallen, Malmtorgsgatan 3. If you would like to attend in person, please register through the form below.
It will also be possible to attend online through Zoom. Use this link to register.
Chair of the morning session: Gustaf Arrhenius, Director of the Institute for Futures Studies, Professor of Practical Philosophy
The Swedish National Council on Medical Ethics
09:05-09:15 Why a seminar on priority settings in situations of mass casualties?
Torbjörn Tännsjö, Professor emeritus of Philosophy, Stockholm University, winner of the Swedish National Council of Medical Ethics’ award for 2020
09:15-11:00 What ethical theories tell us?
09:15-10:45 What ethical theories tell us?
Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University
Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek, assistant professor of Philosophy, University of Łódź
Torbjörn Tännsjö, Professor emeritus of Philosophy, Stockholm University
11.00-11.15 Coffee break
11:15-12:30 Swedish perspectives
11.15-11:40 Two additional operative principles for health resource allocation on the institutional and overarching policy levels: primary prevention and sustainability
Christian Munthe, Professor of Practical Philosophy, University of Gothenburg
11:40-12:05 Swedish priorities of intensive care during the pandemic – a utilitarian turn or in line with a needs based healthcare?
Lars Sandman, Professor of Health-care Ethics and Director, National Centre for Priorities in Health, Linköping University
12:05-12.30 Should we prioritize health care workers during pandemics?
Niklas Juth, Associate professor of Medical Ethics, Karolinska Institute
Chair of the afternoon session: Nils-Eric Sahlin, Professor of Medical Ethics, Lund University, member of the Swedish National Council on Medical Ethics
13:15-14:30 European experiences and lessons
13:15-13:40 Justice and distribution of scarce resources in pandemics
Laura Palazzini, Professor of Philosophy of Law, Biolaw and Bioethics, University of Roma, vice chair the Italian Committee for Bioethics
13:40-14:05 Title to be announced
Alena Buyx, Professor of Ethics of Medicine and Health Technologies at the Technical University of Munich, chair of the German Ethics Council
14:05-14:30 Title to be announced
Siobhan O’Sullivan, Lecturer in Health Care Ethics and Law, Royal College of Surgeons, and former Chief Bioethics Officer, Ministry of Health, Ireland
14:30-14:45 Coffee break
Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek