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Diane Pretty (nucleus - spring 2002)

Diane Pretty is a 42 year old woman with motor neurone disease (MND) who wishes to commit suicide but is now too disabled to do so. She would therefore like her husband to end her life instead. In October 2001 the High Court heard Mrs Pretty's appeal against an earlier decision...

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Diane Pretty (triple helix - winter 2002)

In October 2001 the High Court heard Mrs Pretty's appeal against an earlier decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) not to rule out action being taken against her husband in the event of his securing her death. The Court rejected her case on the grounds that the DPP...

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Diane Pretty - statement on the House of Lords' decision (29/11/2001)

CMF has welcomed the House of Lords’ decision in the Diane Pretty case, which is to uphold the present law prohibiting assisted suicide and euthanasia. CMF General Secretary Peter Saunders...
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Submission from CMF to the GMC on Withholding and Withdrawing Life-Prolonging Treatments: Good Medical Practice in Decision-Making (01/07/2001)

Introduction Christian Medical Fellowship is interdenominational and has as members over 5,000 doctors throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland who are Christians and who desire their professional and personal lives...
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cmf file 13 (2001) - do not resuscitate dilemmas ()

'Do not resuscitate (DNR [1]) orders can be considered only after discussion with the patient or others close to the patient, and they should be reviewed at regular intervals.' This is the opinion of the British Medical Association, the Resuscitation Council (UK) and the Royal College of Nursing. Their advice...

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Euthanasia (nucleus - summer 2000)

The Harold Shipman case has shocked the nation - how could a doctor held in trust by his patients dispatch as many as 170 of them without raising suspicions? It is a chilling reminder of the privileged position doctors hold, and the need for safeguards against the abuse of such...

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Euthanasia: where are we now? (triple helix - summer 1999)

In late 1992, after Dr Nigel Cox had been found guilty of attempting to murder a patient in a euthanasia scenario and after the first court ruling that food and fluid could be withdrawn from Tony Bland, the Hillsborough victim in a persistent vegetative state, the UK House of Lords...

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cmf file 7 (1999) - when to withdraw or withhold treatment ()

When people are ill they tend to go to a doctor, nurse or another health-care professional to ask for some form of treatment. The problem may be a sore throat, in which case the person may be hoping for a prescription for antibiotics. The issue may be more serious and...

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Euthanasia (nucleus - winter 1998)

Deadly doctors However, Newcastle GP Dr David Moor was charged this September with murdering one of his patients.[2] The trial begins in Newcastle Crown Court on 19 October. This followed Dr Moor's admission in July 1997 that he had helped 'a large number' of patients to die during his 30 year...

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Abortion and Euthanasia - Word Alive 1998 lecture series

Euthanasia In view of increasing public interest in euthanasia, and in the light of the Nigel Cox and Tony Bland cases, the House of Lords set up a Select Committee on Medical Ethics to look seriously into the issue of euthanasia...
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