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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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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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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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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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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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When the foundations are being destroyed (triple helix - summer 2016)

'When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?' (1) We live in times when the very foundations of our civilisation are being destroyed: the NHS with its burgeoning needs and shrinking budgets, mounting national debt, political and economic uncertainty following 'Brexit', the threat of Islamic fundamentalism, creeping...

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A call to arms (triple helix - summer 2016)

A recent report from the Oasis Trust (1) presented a challenge to the government, public sector and the church to work more closely and creatively together on providing services. A report from the Cinnamon Trust last year (2) showed that faith groups make a major contribution to all aspects of...

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BMA retains opposition to assisted suicide (triple helix - summer 2016)

On 21 June the Annual Representative Meeting (ARM) of the British Medical Association (BMA) in Belfast voted against going neutral on assisted suicide by a two to one majority. (1) Delegates rejected motion 80, 'that this meeting believes that the BMA should adopt a neutral stance on assisted dying', by 198...

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Biblical faith in the matrix of history (CMF news - summer 2016)

2016 sees record conference attendances If Christ is not raised, the apostles are knaves and the church deserves to die, declared Professor Don Carson at the CMF National Conference in April. At the heart of our faith is the fact that 'Christ died for our sins in accordance with the...

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Serving in Babylon (triple helix - spring 2016)

Being engaged but morally distinctive We are now living in a post- Christian society and working in a post-Christian health service. But how are we to live in such a context? It's precisely for this kind of situation that the story of the prophet Daniel is so instructive. When Jerusalem fell...

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