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The ethical dilemma facing the public healthsetting is that of a shortage of family physicians or primary careteams in rural and urban environments. Issues affecting the sectorinvolve individuals who are not licensed taking part in activities ofoffering health services, this brings about some ethical dilemma. Forexample, the issue of some medical practitioners practicing withoutlicenses makes it difficult to decide whether to shut them down orleave them to continue with their practices. On the other hand, someof them offer quality services and this makes them contain the issueon shortage of medical personnel.

The ethical principle that might get applied tothis case scenario is justice and non-maleficence, the unlicensedpractitioners might end up harming patients and since they are notlicensed, they might walk away scot free.

Observing the ethical principle of justice mighthelp in reducing incidences of harm to patients (Spielman, 2013). The cost of applying these ethical principles is that, the shortageof healthcare service providers will escalate thus predisposingindividuals to low medical attention and in the process perpetuationillnesses.

As a public health administrator, I will employthe five ethical principles of justice, beneficence, non-maleficence,fairness, and autonomy I would take down the entire unlicensedhealth practitioner team and make efforts to liaise with therespective areas of government and urge them to employ more healthworkers in the government facilities so as to curb the shortage ofstaffs (Nordgren, 2014).

From the role play scenario, I learned thatconflict resolution requires diligence as well as a good state ofmind, it also works well when there is an involvement of parties thatare willing to engage in conflict resolution practices. I discoveredthat coercion does not play an essential role in resolving conflictsas it sparks wrangles among the conflicting parties. The conflictresolution strategy that I employed entailed listening first beforetrying to defend my point of view. It helped me in making betterdecisions and judgments on different issues (Dong &amp Srivastava,2013). My partner and I might improve conflict resolution strategiesby making it a priority other than winning or being right. Anotheraspect is that of knowing when to let go as this might help inreducing instances of conflicts. For example, avoiding pissingsomebody off or pushing them to their limits might assist in avoidingconflicts.


Dong,&nbspX.&nbspL., Berti-Equille,&nbspL., &amp Srivastava,&nbspD.(2013). Data Fusion: Resolving Conflicts from Multiple Sources.Web-Age Information Management, 64-76.doi:10.1007/978-3-642-38562-9_7

Nordgren,&nbspA. (2014). Crisis Management and Public Health:Ethical Principles for Priority Setting at a Regional Level inSweden. Public Health Ethics, 8(1), 72-84.doi:10.1093/phe/phu028

Spielman,&nbspB. (2013). Offshoring Experiments, Outsourcing PublicHealth. Legal and Ethical Issues, 286-301.doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917907.003.0016