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Author Index - Peter Saunders

Dr Peter Saunders is a former general surgeon and is Chief Executive CMF.

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Submission to NHS England Consultation on Specialised Gender Identity Services for Adults (19/10/2017)

NHS England has been holding a 12-week public consultation on proposals for new service specifications that, if adopted, describe how specialised gender identity services for adults will be commissioned and...
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assisted suicide in the UK (nucleus - nucleus: September 2017)

Assisting or encouraging suicide remains a crime in Britain under the Suicide Act 1961, [1] but over the last 14 years there has been relentless pressure to change this. More than ten attempts to legalise assisted suicide (AS) have been made through British parliaments since 2003 — three by each...

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Revised General Pharmaceutical Council Guidelines (triple helix - summer 2017)

In the Spring 2017 Triple Helix editorial 1 I reviewed the attempt by the pharmacists' regulator to force pharmacists to dispense drugs for what they consider to be unethical practices - such as emergency contraception, gender reassignment, abortion and assisted suicide. In December 2016 the pharmacy regulator,the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC),...

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Troubled times? (triple helix - summer 2017)

The rollercoaster journey of the last twelve months has left many UK citizens feeling dislocated and anxious about the future of our country. Political events - Brexit, Trump, a snap general election,a hung parliament, confidence and supply arrangements and the Queen's speech - have laid bare deep divisions between old and...

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BMA votes to decriminalise abortion (triple helix - summer 2017)

On Tuesday 27 June the British Medical Association (BMA) voted to support the decriminalisation of abortion throughout the UK. Delegates at the Annual Representative Meeting (ARM)in Bournemouth passed a six part motion by a two thirds majority. 1 1,500 doctors and medical students signed an open letter 2 urging the BMA...

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Pharmacists' regulator's proposal to remove conscience rights (triple helix - spring 2017)

Should pharmacists be forced to dispense drugs for what they consider to be unethical practices - like emergency contraception, gender reassignment, abortion and assisted suicide? Or should they have the right to exercise freedom of conscience by either referring to a colleague or opting out? The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), (1)...

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NIPT (triple helix - winter 2016)

Eugenics by another name Review by Peter Saunders CMF Chief Executive The government, on 30 October, approved a new test for pregnant women that will make it much easier to detect and destroy babies with Down's syndrome (DS) in utero. According to the BBC, the non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) will be...

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PrEP (triple helix - winter 2016)

Big questions remain Review by Peter Saunders CMF Chief Executive The Court of Appeal ruled on 10 November that the NHS in England can fund a drug that can reduce the chance of people catching HIV whilst engaging in high-risk sexual activities. (1) The once-a-day pill known as PrEP, tradenamed Truvada,...

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Christmas: the miracle of the incarnation (triple helix - winter 2016)

Many of our colleagues are sceptical of the miraculous elements in the life of Jesus Christ: the virgin birth, the healing miracles and the resurrection. They 'know' as health professionals that such things are medically impossible. But the real miracle, on which all rests, and which we celebrate at Christmas, is...

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Managing time (nucleus - Freshers edition)

Peter Saunders & Caroline Bunting consider how Jesus managed time. Time, or rather the lack of it, is a subject close to every medic's heart. Perhaps we laugh ruefully at Ecclesiastes' claim that 'there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens'. (1) If...

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