Introduction The field of ethics is one of the most ambiguous, yet one of the most crucial. Ambiguity in ethics sets in when people cannot exactly draw the line what ought to be done and what must not be done. Despite the numerous grey areas that exist in the field, various guidelines have been set which offer the way forward any time there is a gridlock (Carr, 2013). This discussion concerns itself specifically on ethics in the healthcare industry. The discussion will explore some of ethical issues arising in the healthcare industry and the appropriate actions that should be taken. Safeguarding private information As a general rule, it is unethical for patient information to be divulged without the consent of the patient. All the information that is provided by a patient to the hospital in the cause of treatment is confidential.