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Genetic disease & theology talk Feature

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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Talking about death – the importance of openness about one of life’s certainties

About two thirds of the way into Alexander Payne’s 2011 film The Descendants, Matt King (played by George Clooney) walks calmly into the hospital room of his comatose wife, Elizabeth. He closes the door gently and then proceeds to excoriate her for controlling and messing […]

Practising compassion and justice

Having just got back from a two day conference in the Netherlands on researching and teaching spiritual care for nursing students, I was once again confronted on my return to our island shores by more stories about the failures of even the most basic care […]

Royal College of Nursing finally issues guidance on dealing with assisted suicide requests from patients

In July 2009, the Royal College of Nursing announced that, after consultation with their membership, they were withdrawing their historic opposition to assisted suicide, and were moving to a ‘neutral’ position.  At the time this was heavily criticised as sending out a message of tacit […]

Landmark High Court ruling maintains legal protection for vulnerable people

The Christian Medical Fellowship has welcomed a landmark ruling by a High Court Judge that a brain-damaged woman should not have her life ended. Known as ‘M’ the 52 year old is in what is known as a ‘Minimally Conscious State’, meaning that she does have […]