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The Electives Handbook
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Developing Health Course 2014
Developing Health Course 2014
29 June - 11 July, London
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Belgium child euthanasia


Dr Andrew Fergusson of Care Not Killing discusses proposed legalisation of child euthanasia in Belgium.
Broadcast on the Vanessa Feltz Radio Show, BBC Radio London, Thursday 13 February 2014.
Duration: 12 mins

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April 2014

National Conference

this event is run by CMF
When: 25-27 April 2014
Where: Yarnfield Park, Stone, Staffordshire
For: doctors, junior doctors, students, nurses
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CMF Rheumatology Breakfast

this event is run by CMF
When: Wednesday 30 April
Where: ACC Liverpool
For: doctors, juniors
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May 2014

Junior Doctors' Retreat

this event is run by CMF
When: 9-11 May
Where: Abernethy Ardeonaig Centre, Perthshire, Scotland
For: junior doctors and final year medical students
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Saline Solution - Glasgow

this event is run by CMF
When: Saturday 17 May
Where: Glasgow
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CMF Ophthalmology Breakfast

this event is run by CMF
When: Wednesday 21 May
Where: International Convention Centre, Birmingham
For: doctors
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June 2014

Saline Solution - Sheffield

this event is run by CMF
When: Saturday 14 June
Where: Sheffield
For: doctors, juniors, allied health professionals, students
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Developing Health Course 2014

this event is run by CMF
When: 29 June - 11 July 2014
Where: Oak Hill College, North London
For: Doctors, junior doctors, nurses and allied professionals
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September 2014

Careers Day Conference

this event is run by CMF
When: Saturday 13 September 2014
Where: CMF HQ, London
For: juniors, students
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April 2015

CMF Paediatric Breakfast

this event is run by CMF
When: Wednesday 29 April 2015
Where: The ICC, Birmingham
For: doctors, juniors
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23rd April 2014: Why, Master, Why?

Though he slay me, yet will I trust him. Job 13:15 (AV)

He was a very small puppy when he came into my life. Soon he had wriggled his way into my heart. I attended to his needs, saw that he was fed, took him for runs. The bond between us grew. I became his god.

My presence, it seemed, was what mattered to him. When I left in the morning, the protest was loud and vigorous. My arrival home in the evening brought joy unbounded. He shadowed me everywhere in the house, content to lie on the floor all eyes for me when I worked at my desk, up to be with me when I moved, sleeping by my bed.

Then he got distemper -- my fault, as I should have had him immunised, and I offer no excuse for that. With the help of a good veterinary friend, I nursed him, getting out of bed by the clock during the night to be sure he received his medication. And he recovered, so it seemed.

When I moved from home to a student hostel, he had to come with me. But he was different. His personality was changing. From being a friendly little dog, he was becoming snappy and aggressive, though no towards me. I had to assume that the distemper had left permanent cerebral damage.

In the new environment it was virtually impossible to control him when I was away during the day. No one else seemed able to manage him. He ran wild. He bit the milkman. Something had to be done.

Again I went to my veterinary friend. We sadly agreed on the little dog's fate even while he was standing up pawing me affectionately. 'It will cause him no pain' I was assured, as I handed the lead to my friend. When he brought it back with the empty collar dangling at the end, I could say nothing. Nor could he, for he too loved little animals. I went away out of sight and wept for a little dog. Though he had trusted me, I had slain him.

If he had known what was happening and had been able to comprehend the point of it, would he have said like Job, 'Though he slay me, yet will I trust him'? Or would he have said, 'I gave you all my love, all my trust. Yet you did this to me. Why, master, why?' I loved him. I had done what I believed was best. But I would have found it hard to explain in terms that he could understand. Is that perhaps God's dilemma (Is 55:8-9)?

Since then, when things in life have puzzled me, I have been able to say, 'I don't understand, master, but I trust you'. Job had it right.

When things in life puzzle us, Lord,
help us to understand as much as we can.
And for what we cannot understand,
grant us the grace to trust you.

Further reading: Rom 8:28-39. Jb 40:1-9, 42:1-6.


press releases and submissions

Charities unite to express concern about distorted abortion debate (24/10/2013)

The Christian Medical Fellowship, CARE in Northern Ireland and the Evangelical Alliance Northern Ireland have briefed Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) this week that they are deeply concerned by the possibility of a knee-jerk legislative response based on a misunderstanding of anencephaly, abortion and Northern Ireland's abortion law....
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Failure of CPS to prosecute effectively legalises sex selection abortion in Britain, says CMF (5/9/2013)

The Christian Medical Fellowship has said that the failure of the Crown Prosecution Service to take action in recent cases of sex selection abortions and pre-signing of abortion forms raises serious questions about its role in upholding the law. The CPS has this week opted to take no further action in regard to two named doctors who sought to...
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Submission to Nuffield Council on Bioethics on the linking and use of biological and health data - 22/1/2014

This short submission proposes that routine record keeping of NHS numbers for abortion should be put in place in order to improve care, hold all providers accountable for the healthcare outcomes of their patients and to enable linkage of female patient events to any other hospital or NHS commissioned episode in their life. Read full submission

Submission to the Department of Health on guidance for Independent Sector Places for the Termination of Pregnancy - 4/1/2014

This CMF response comments on the draft Required Standard Operating Procedures (RSOPs) for independent abortion clinics. These will update the interim RSOPs. Our submission suggests amendments for the RSOPs in order to ensure that the Abortion Act is properly upheld and that women who are considering abortion are offered adequate and appropriate...

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