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NICE and GP consortia. What criteria should we use in deciding how to distribute scarce medical resources? Some help from St Paul.

The government’s drug rationing body, NICE, is to lose its power to turn down new medicines for use in the NHS, but will continue to write guidelines for doctors on the best treatments for their patients. In addition, the current limit on the cost of […]


UK retailers are not being honest about the mode of action of new morning-after-pill ellaOne (ulipristal acetate)

Earlier this week the news broke that a new ‘morning-after pill’ was being sold online in Britain by a London-based company called HealthExpress. In fact ellaOne (Ulipristal acetate) has been available on prescription in the UK since May 2009. It was granted marketing authorisation by […]


Powerful arguments advanced in UK parliament for a change in the law to ensure properly informed consent for abortion

Last night Nadine Dorries, Conservative MP for Mid Bedfordshire, spoke in an adjournment debate on the subject of informed consent for termination of pregnancy. Adjournment debates allow the House of Commons to hold a general open-ended debate on a subject or a government policy without […]


David Nutt’s report on the harmful effects of alcohol should prompt the government to adopt evidence-based protection strategies

Alcohol is more harmful than heroin or crack, according to a study published in medical journal the Lancet. The report, which is co-authored by former UK chief drugs adviser Professor David Nutt, ranks 20 drugs on 16 measures of harm to users and to wider […]


Are British Christians too fat? Almost certainly! But what should we be doing about it?

New research this week has shown that two-thirds of Britons are overweight or obese – making us the fattest country in Europe. We are also the fourth fattest nation in the world behind only Australia (71.1 per cent), the US (69.9 per cent) and the […]