Tag Archives: disability

The Problem with Care – more questions raised by BBC Panorama

Another week, and another story about poor care standards – this time an exposé on the BBC’s Panorama of appalling patient abuse by nursing and care staff in Winterbourne View, a specialist private hospital for adults with learning disabilities. And rightly, bodies including the Nursing & Midwifery Council, Royal […]

‘Suicide tourism’ gets public backing in Switzerland – but what for British laws?

Voters in Zurich, Switzerland, have rejected proposed bans on assisted suicide and ‘suicide tourism’. A proposal to restrict access for foreigners to assisted suicide only to those living at least one year in the canton was rejected by 78.4 per cent of voters. A second […]

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Disabled people fear change in assisted suicide law

Changing the law on assisted suicide would put pressure on disabled people to commit suicide, according to new research. The new ComRes poll found that 70 per cent of disabled people were concerned that such a change would lead to ‘pressure being placed on disabled […]

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New genetic screening plans raise serious questions about our attitudes to disability

The Human Genetics Commission (HGC), a government advisory committee, has given the green light to preconception genetic tests saying that there are no specific ‘social, ethical or legal’ reasons that stand in the way. The UK National Screening Committee will now consider this advice as […]