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    In June 2018, the former health minister, Jeremy Hunt, apologised to the families of 456 patients who had lost their lives due to medical malpractice at Gosport War Memorial Hospital in the 1990s. The 456 elderly patients were given opioid drugs which resulted in them losing their lives.The opioids were prescribed by Dr Jane Barton throughout the 1990s. Consultants knew about the practice but did not intervene. Nurses and pharmacists also knew that something was not right, but did as they were instructed to do. In 1991, senior nurses brought the matter to the attention of the Royal College of Nursing but were advised not to take the matter any further. In 2009, Dr Barton was brought before the General Medical Council (GMC) facing disciplinary action. She was found guilty of serious professional misconduct however she was not struck off the register, though she retired soon after. The families of those who died have been fighting for over 20 years to bring the doctor – and those who did not stop her – to justice by facing criminal charges.

    Using the case study of Gosport War Memorial Hospital as an example, this assignment will discuss to that extent ethics play a part in the success or demise of an organization as well as the measures the organization can take to ensure ethical practice.

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    Business Ethics Case Study


    Key Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the case, students should be able to:
    • Get knowledge and understanding of relevant research relating to ethical issues pertinent to prescribed case study as well as analysing and understanding the implications of these issues.
    • Apply ethical theory to a case study organization and understand the extent ethics play a part in the success or demise of an organisation.

     

    1.0 INTRODUCTION


    Ethics involves the process of evaluating actions according to moral values (Lluka 2010). Luthan et al (1984) has defined ethics as a theory which aims at systemizing moral judgement as well as establishing and defending moral principles. Whereas most people may confuse law with ethics, Abutalib (2018) has noted that acting ethically and obeying the law are totally different. The author further states that the law just puts up a structure for ethical conducts thus making it a floor of an ethical structure (Abutalib 2018). 
    Through the years, balancing profitability and acting ethically has become one of the biggest dilemmas for businesses considering that they have to keep their original purpose of functioning which is profit making (Lluka 2010). Never the less, Mullin (2005) points out that there is no single view of what makes something wrong or right in ethics, anything done by a company can be done ethically or unethically.Below are some business ethical theories.

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