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Author Index - Charles Foster

Charles Foster is a Barrister in London

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Conscience in the consultation (triple helix - summer 2008)

On 17 March 2008 the General Medical Council ('GMC') published its guidance Personal Beliefs and Medical Practice. The guidance is long and detailed and needs to be read in full by anyone who hopes to remain on the medical register. Only an outline of a few provisions can be discussed...

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The Leslie Burke debacle - Fixing what ain't bust (triple helix - autumn 2005)

Litigation is a terribly dangerous business. The Leslie Burke debacle [1] is a sad illustration. It has provided some splendid headlines for the pro-euthanasia lobby and ripped away one of the main legal safeguards against irresponsible end-of-life decision-making by doctors. Leslie Burke has cerebellar ataxia. He will ultimately need artificial...

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Conscientious objection to abortion - ethics, polemic and law (triple helix - autumn 2005)

The pro-abortion lobby has announced the latest phase in its offensive. Marie Stopes International wants to force GP surgeries to display lists indicating which doctors in the practice will refer women for abortion, and the pressure group Doctors for a Woman's Choice on Abortion is encouraging patients to report to...

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A Biblical View of Law and Justice (Book Review) (triple helix - spring 2005)

Christian doctors often rage at the laws which set the ethical pace of their profession. This book is an important inquiry into the legitimacy of that rage, and a lexicon of the words in which the rage can properly be articulated. The Bible is full of laws. They sometimes seem...

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Litigation, blame and justice (triple helix - winter 2003)

Charles Foster looks at Christian options in an increasingly litigious society In 2001 the net value of known and anticipated clinical negligence claims within the NHS was £4.4 billion, almost doubled from £2.3 billion in 1998.[1] In England, the NHS received around 10,000 new claims in 1999-2000. The rate...

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Hemlock in Strasbourg (triple helix - summer 2002)

The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) is less malleable and less of a euthanasist's charter than many commentators feared. That is the effect of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in Pretty v United Kingdom (www.worldlii.org/eu/cases). The facts Diane Pretty suffered from Motor Neurone Disease (Triple Helix...

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