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CCTV Cameras in Operating Rooms

  • Korean Journal of Medical Ethics
  • Abbr : 의료윤리
  • 2022, 25(3), pp.221-241
  • DOI : 10.35301/ksme.2022.25.3.221
  • Publisher : The Korean Society For Medical Ethics
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > General Medicine
  • Received : August 12, 2022
  • Accepted : September 13, 2022
  • Published : September 30, 2022

CHO Seong Joon ORD ID 1

1강원대학교

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ABSTRACT

In response to a series of highly unethical incidents in operating rooms in South Korea, a social consensus has emerged on the need for surveillance of medical operations. This consensus has in turn motivated lawmakers to amend the Medical Service Act to require hospitals and medical clinics to install CCTV cameras in their operating rooms. While the rationale for this legislation is clear, there are also concerns that the law infringes on certain rights and freedoms of medical practitioners, including the right to privacy, the freedom of job performance, and the right to self-determination. This article argues for the need to find a proper balance between patient safety on the one hand and the rights and freedoms of medical practitioners on the other. Additionally, it is argued that the proposed law is in need of greater elaboration to reduce the possibility of unfair harms caused by video leaks and that patient safety cannot be fully protecting without addressing certain structural problems in South Korea.

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