In response to the article titled, “Manitoba woman jailed after stopping tuberculosis treatment.’ Click here for article.
By Jonathan Smith
The question of forced quarantine in the context of tuberculosis makes for a lively discussion amongst us in the human rights arena. Isolation creates the opportunity to ensure accurate and appropriate treatment, as well as monitor our patients’ safety, recovery, and general well being. There is, however, an abdication of one’s personal rights in doing so: they give up their personal rights for the greater good of the population. In most contexts, people will acknowledge their need for quarantine and do so willingly. But it gets a little hairier when people refuse to give up their rights — when the question of forced quarantine comes in. Canada has recently shown us an exquisite example of how to completely screw this up. Continue reading