Mutual team work and collaborative care have rapidly improved the health care operations and service delivery in many health care centers (Barrett and keeping, 2005, p. 40). Inter-professional team work is very effective in improving the patient health safety and heath care services (Barrett and keeping, 2005, p. 40). Inter-professional team work has reduced the backlog and burn out associated with inadequate health professionals (Barrett and keeping, 2005, p. 40). Inter-professional team work is also responsible of reducing the professional workloads and patient morbidity (Department of health 2010, p. 324). With effective inter-professional team work in health care institutions, health care professionals enjoy job satisfaction. Patient and patient caretakers need to be involved squarely in the treatment process (Zwarenstein 2008, p. 67). Their ideas and opinions are excitedly valuable and relevant in the diagnosis and treatment process (Barrett and keeping, 2005, p. 40).
The core purpose of selecting the Tom case is to expound on the dangers associated with lack of inter-professional team work in the healthcare setting. The case portrays some of the very sensitive ethical and legal issues which should be the base line in designing professional legislations and policies (Cohen 2007, 340). The 20 years old Tom died out of aspiration pneumonia and reflux oesophagistis. The disease was diagnosed long time ago and measures to rectify the problem recommended. The entire concerned professionals in the hospital were not committed and willing to take prompt actions on the Toms’ health condition .The parent (Tom’s parents) concern over Tom’s pain was not listened to by the relevant health professionals. Tom was also infected with multiple learning disabilities which forced him to attend a special school. In the school, the parents raised concern over their child future but no action was taken by the school administration. The reluctance of the health professionals and the school to cooperate with Tom’s parent raised some ethical and legal issues. Ethical and Legal Issues There are several health ethical principles that are relevant in Tom’s case (Glasby 2007, p. 78). To start with, the main obligation of the health care professionals in Tom’s case was purely to protect his health and life (Prescott 2006, p 90). In this case, the hospital professionals never complied with their core obligation. According to the Department of health (2006, p. 69), under this ethical principle, the health profes