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triple helix: winter 2015

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Junior doctors and industrial action

Junior doctors in England have voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking industrial action. More than 76% of 37,700 trainees took part in the ballot. 98% voted in favour of a full walk-out and 99.4% in favour of action short of this. Three dates for action are planned: on 1 December...

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A turning point in global health

The role of faith-based healthcare Review by Steve Fouch CMF Head of Nursing In July, The Lancet launched a landmark series of papers on the role of faith groups in the delivery of healthcare worldwide. (1) Three papers explore the breadth and impact of faith-based healthcare, the controversies that exist and...

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Down's screening

New test creates more problems than it solves Review by Rick Thomas CMF Public Policy Researcher The UK National Screening Committee (NSC) is recommending a new test for pregnant women that will detect a higher proportion of fetuses with Down Syndrome. (1) The test is performed around ten weeks,...

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Marris bill defeated

Vote should settle the matter for a decade Review by Peter Saunders CMF Chief Executive The Assisted Dying (No 2) Bill (1) tabled by Labour MP Rob Marris was the eleventh attempt in twelve years to legalise assisted suicide through British Parliaments. But its overwhelming defeat on 11 September 2015...

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Atheism, science and liberal values

Why new atheists need to know more of atheism's history Review by John Martin CMF Head of Communications We owe a great debt to the philosopher John Gray, (1) a former professor of European Thought at LSE and himself an atheist. Gray wants this generation to learn lessons of history....

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Avoiding Burnout

Burnout is a term first used in the 1950s. It encompasses tiredness, exhaustion, emotional drain and often depression in those who have given everything for others. The concept has a special application for those in the health professions and in the pastoral ministry who spend their time concentrating on giving...

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Why the NHS Needs Christians

key points The recovery of the Sabbath principle holds the key to how Christians affect the NHS. The commodification of health and healthcare is one outcome of secularising trends. In the biblical concept of shalom is the key to a proper understanding of what true health is. How can Christian...

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Are we losing our compassion?

key points The key elements of compassion are attentiveness, empathy and action. The loss of compassion in healthcare has resulted chiefly from a pre-occupation with the physical sciences, poor role modelling and a mismatch between demand and resources at both personal and institutional levels. Strategies for restoring compassion are gaining...

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Should Christian Doctors Strike? YES

'We need to stand up for the vulnerable' Declaration of interest: I am an active member of the BMA Junior Doctors Committee, as well as a CMF member, though I am speaking entirely out of my personal view. It is 5am on night shift number four. You've slept badly between...

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should christian doctors strike? NO

We need a different message I need to make something clear. Although I was a junior doctor for seven years, a year ago I rescinded my licence to practise and I am now in my third year at Oak Hill Theological College. So it is with trepidation that I write as...

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Legal Highs': Lawful But Not Helpful

key points Although 'legal high' usage is relatively low, this group of drugs is causing considerable and growing concern. The number of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) identified in Europe each year has increased during the current decade - although most of the substances identified are not widely used. Where drugs...

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The Changing Scene in Global Health

key points The emergence of a trulyglobal Christianity requires a shift in how we understand and talk about medical mission and the role of westerners in it. There are a huge variety of roles and contexts where there are opportunities for service, long and short-term. The traditional mission hospital is...

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Healing God's way

From natural to supernatural Angela Walker CreateSpace, 2014, £11 Pb 189pp, ISBN 9871502325662 Reviewed by Peter Pattisson, retired missionary and GP Angela Walker is a CMF member who trained in Liverpool and specialised in paediatrics. She has spent most of the last ten years in Uganda and neighbouring countries. This is...

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Preaching

Communicating faith in an age of scepticism Timothy Keller Hodder & Stoughton, 2015, £16.99 Hb 310pp, ISBN 9781444702170 Available as an ebook. Reviewed by John Martin, CMF Head of Communications Tim Keller continues to amaze with his prolific output. In his words this is 'a manifesto, not a manual'. Plenty of...

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Crazy Busy

A mercifully short book about a really big problem Kevin DeYoung IVP, 2013, £8.99 Pb 119pp, ISBN 9781783590230 Reviewed by Chris Lavy, consultant orthopaedic surgeon Hands up those who are secretly a bit proud when people say 'you are one of the busiest people I know'. Many Christian doctors run a...

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Ethics at the beginning of life

A phenomenological critique James Mumford OUP, 2013, £67 (Pb £25) Hb 212pp, ISBN 9780199673964 Reviewed by Trevor Stammers, Programme Director in Bioethics and Medical Law, St Mary's University, London This book is not a light read, but for those with a good grounding in moral philosophy and theology, it proves as...

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Healed at Last

Separating biblical truth from myth Scott Blackwell Matthias Media, 2014, £8.99 Pb 199pp, ISBN 9781922206565 Reviewed by Peter May, retired GP This thoughtful, theological reflection on healing is written in the light of personal illness and pastoral experience. Christcentred, caring and well written, his motivation to write came from being told...

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Half the sky

How to change the world Nicholas D Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn Virago, 2010, £12 Pb 352pp, ISBN 9781844086825 Reviewed by Rhona Knight, GP in Leicester Fierce, pragmatic, full of inspiring stories of courage and determination, Half the Sky is essential reading for every one of us - whichever our gender, wherever...

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Why we pray

William Philip IVP, 2015, £7.99 Pb 112pp, 9781433542862 Reviewed by Tom Roberts, CMF Communications Coordinator Praying can be hard, and teaching on prayer can often leave us feeling discouraged and guilty that we don't pray more. The author of this short book feels the same, but thinks he has identified the...

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Eutychus

Quality of death index 2015 In the aftermath of Rob Marris's Assisted Dying Bill, one upshot is increased calls for better palliative care. That is heartening. Eutychus notes the UK is ranked best among 80 countries for its care of dying people, but nothing is beyond improvement. The UK owes...

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Protestant social thought in Latin America

Dr H Fernando Bullon Regnum Books, 2015, £16 Pb 261pp, ISBN 9781908355553 Reviewed by E John C Parker, retired GP The application of the Christian Faith to Economic and Social development in South America has generated much interest, some of which has been labelled 'liberation theology'. The author is of an...

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