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CMF regularly makes submissions to Government and other consultations on issues of ethical importance. All of our submissions are accessible here.

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Public Consultation by The Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life - 18/11/2014

With the rise of secular humanism and, in particular, the new atheism, there is in British society generally a loss of historically held belief in the existence of a transcendent communicating God incarnate in Jesus Christ, in biblical authority and in biblical ethics. This trend is combined with an active agenda to impose an alternative secular...
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Equality and Human Rights Commission - Religion or Belief - 18/11/2014

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a major call for evidence from individuals and organisations about how their religion or belief, or that of other people, may have affected their experiences in the workplace and in using the services and facilities they need in everyday life. Read the full survey response here .
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Gambling Commission: Proposed amendments to the social responsibility provisions in the licence conditions and codes of practice for all operators (the LCCP) - 31/10/2014

The Gambling Commission is currently reviewing aspects of its licensing conditions and codes of practice relating to social responsibility. We have raised the issue of a one-stop shop for self-exclusion. Read full submission…
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Response to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Inquiry into mitochondrial donation - 22/10/2014

The Science and Technology Committee is holding a one-off evidence session to consider the science of mitochondrial donation and to scrutinise further the scientific evidence on it. The written submission from CMF to the committee is here .
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Response to the Proposed Organ and Tissue Donation (Scotland) Bill - 25/9/2014

Ms Anne McTaggart, MSP, consulted on a proposed bill on organ donation in Scotland, which would move from the current opt-in system to a soft opt-out system. This CMF submission to her consultation questions explains that the Bill is unnecessary, will cost millions, will be highly complicated to administer and is ethically problematic. Read full...
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Response to the Northern Ireland Justice Committee Consultation on abortion services - 12/9/2014

This CMF response comments on an amendment to the NI Justice (Clause 11a (Ending the Life of an Unborn Child)) that would prevent private companies or charities from offering abortion services in NI. There is no evidence that the NHS in NI lacks capacity to deal with the limited demand for abortion services and Marie Stopes International would not...
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CMF Responses to NMC Draft Code of Professional Conduct 2014 - 11/8/2014

Compared to the older 2008 code, this is much more detailed, includes (post Francis Report) a strong professional emphasis on compassion and care, integrity [clauses 92-100] a lot of specific clauses around the 'Duty of Candour' [clauses 4, 101-107], duty of 'whistle-blowing' [clauses 63-67], a lot more on the nurse patient relationship [clauses...
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Response to Aneurin Bevan University Health Board DNACPR Policy Consultation - 24/6/2014

This CMF submission responds to a consultation document by the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board that seeks to clarify a consistent practice for 'do not attempt resuscitation' decisions. We suggest that evidence-based survival prospects, not subjective value-of-life criteria, should guide the decision-making process. Clinician prejudice, the...
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Submission to the House of Commons Education Committee on Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) in schools - 9/6/2014

This CMF submission emphasises the importance of parental involvement with regard to PSHE and SRE provision. Primary school governing bodies should remain free to decide whether or not to provide sex and relationships education and secondary school governing bodies should remain free to formulate their own policies, in close consultation with...
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Submission to the Department of Health on draft regulations for mitochondrial donation - 21/5/2014

This CMF response comments on the draft regulations to permit the use of new techniques that aim to avoid serious mitochondrial diseases through creating three parent children. The submission reflects concerns with the safety of these new techniques for clinical use. If introduced, regulations must ensure that children are fully informed if they...
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