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Supreme Court rules that doctors can remove food and fluids from patients with permanent vegetative state, without going to court

My Radio Four Today programme interview on this case is here, and my interview with BBC Radio Five Live is here. Should doctors be able to withdraw food and fluids from severely brain-damaged people who are not imminently dying? And if so, in what circumstances? The […]

Artificial insemination

A 40th Birthday for IVF

On 25 July Louise Brown, the world’s first baby born via in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), celebrates her 40th birthday. 40 years after her birth it is estimated that more than seven million babies have been born as a result of IVF and other assisted reproduction treatments. Around 2.4 million assisted […]

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Extending abortion into Northern Ireland – should or shouldn’t we?

At their annual meeting in June the BMA planned an emergency debate to consider the extension of the Abortion Act 967 to Northern Ireland.  As it happened, the debate did not take place due to lack of time, however it reflects how much momentum and […]

NHS

Happy Birthday NHS: Let’s not let a national good become a national god

Today (5 July 2018) marks seventy years since the world’s first, free-at-the-point of delivery, universal access, national healthcare system was launched. Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) has become so much a part of the fabric of British life and culture in those seven decades that […]

Caring For Husband

How to live longer, healthier and happier

It would be hard to have missed some of the recent glut of news articles on the importance of physical activity for health and wellbeing.  The latest official government press release this week, from Public Health England in partnership with the Royal College of General […]