Responsibility to Care is my response to the United Nations adopting the principle of
Responsibility to Protect. R2P means that in the event that a nation state is neither
willing nor able to protect its citizens, that responsibility falls to the United Nations.
Military action is not to be used except as a last measure after all other possible
means of resolution have been tried.I extend this principle to doctors and suggest that we have a responsibility to
care, not only for those patients under our direct supervision, but also to care for
humanity and for this earth.
Dr. Mary-Wynne Ashford, retired
- Family and Palliative Care Physician
- Associate Professor, University of Victoria
- Author of Enough Blood Shed: 101 Solutions to Violence, Terror, and War,
(2006), New Society Publishers. Solutions Series of Guy Dauncey.
- Japanese and Korean translations of Enough Blood Shed released in 2007
- BSc and B.Ed., University of Alberta, 1960 and 1961
- MD University of Calgary 1981
- PhD Simon Fraser University 1996
- Co-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
- President of Canadian Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (now
Physicians for Global Survival (Canada) 1988-90
- Speaker and writer on Medical Consequences of Nuclear War; Prevention of
War; Education for Transformation; and Examples of successful nonviolent
initiatives to prevent or end armed conflict.
mwashford at gmail dot com