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Alfie Evans has a progressive incurable illness but his parents should not be stopped from doing what they believe is best for him

Hear my Premier Radio interview on this case here. Alfie Evans was admitted to Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool in December 2016 suffering from seizures. He was found to have a (still undiagnosed) progressive neurodegenerative disease and has now been in a semi-vegetative state for more than a year. […]

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Transplants: are the donors really, truly dead?

Organ donation has hit the headlines recently following a debate in Parliament. The Mirror claimed much of the glory with its headline: ‘’We did it!’ Organ transplant Bill to save up to 500 lives a year in England passes crucial Commons hurdle’ However, I have […]

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Conway assisted suicide case – autonomy is not absolute and this appeal should be dismissed

Watch my previous Sky News interview on the Conway case here. A 67-year-old Shropshire man with motor neurone disease (MND) who wants help from doctors to kill himself has been granted permission to appeal an earlier decision rejecting his case. The judgement was handed down today […]

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Some Big Public Policy Challenges in Bioethics we can expect in 2018

As we look forward to the challenges that 2018 will bring I am struggling to think of a time when we have faced more major public policy challenges in bioethics in so many areas all at once. This is perhaps inevitable given the march of […]

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Supreme Court to rule on whether doctors can remove food and fluids from brain-damaged patients without going to court

Should doctors be able to withdraw food and fluids from severely brain-damaged patients who are not imminently dying? And if so, in what circumstances? The answer to these questions has changed dramatically as a result of recent decisions by the Court of Protection which are […]