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Medical Law in Ghana: A Primer
Transcending the traditional compartments with which lawyers are familiar, medical law is concerned with issues arising from physician or doctor-patient relationship. Medical Law in Ghana – A Primer seeks to present an exposition of health care law and medical law in Ghana as embodied in both statutory and case law. It addresses the law dealing with doctor-patient relationship; confidentiality and access to medical records; medical education, professional regulation of doctors, nurses and pharmacists; assisted reproduction, euthanasia (assisted dying), clinical trials.
After a general introduction, the book systematically describes law related to the medical profession, proceeding from training, licensing, and other aspects of access to the profession, through disciplinary and professional liability and medical ethics considerations and quality assurance, to such aspects of the physician (doctor)-patient relationship as rights and duties of physicians and patients, consent, privacy, and access to medical records. Also covered are specific issues such as organ transplants, human medical research, abortion, and euthanasia, as well as matters dealing with the physician in relation to other health care providers, health care insurance, and the health care system.
This book is intended to serve as useful source of authoritative information and guide for lawyers, students, health care professionals and all those that have interest in the interface between law and medicine, medical law, bioethics and medical ethics. Succinct and practical, this book will prove to be of great value to professional organizations of physicians, nurses, hospitals, and relevant government agencies. Lawyers representing parties with interests in Ghana will welcome this very useful guide, and academics and researchers will appreciate its comparative value as a contribution to the study of medical law in the international context.
Ernest Owusu-Dapaa was born at Kuntanase in the Ashanti region of the Republic of Ghana on 15 December 1976. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB (honours) from the University of Ghana and proceeded to Ghana School of Law to pursue two years of professional legal education which earned him a barrister at law qualification (BL). This paved the way for him to be called to the Ghana Bar in 2003 as a Barrister, Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Ghana. He subsequently obtained an LLM degree from the University of Manchester, UK in 2004 and PhD from Lancaster University, UK in 2016.
He was appointed a lecturer in law at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi (Ghana) in 2004 and has been promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer since 2016. He has also been practising law on part time basis with Owusu-Dapaa Law & Associates, a firm he assisted in establishing in 2006. He is a member of the World Association of Medical Law and the Society of Legal Scholars.