The outbreak of COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the healthcare systems of virtually every country on earth, and the UK has been no exception. A massive mobilisation and reorganisation of the British National Health Service (NHS) to address the challenges we were facing from this new and still poorly understood disease happened in weeks. And in the midst of this mass reorganisation, a lot of thinking had to go into how best to allocate limited resources as we faced a potential overload on the NHS.
Two of our members, Dr Melody Redman and Dr James Haslam, put together a paper looking at these questions and applying a biblical principles to the question of resource allocation. It sounds dry, but it is a matter that could quite literally mean life of death. In this special, extra edition of 1st incision, Steve Fouch has a wide ranging discussion with James and Melody about how we decide who gets what treatment, how COVID-19 has changed the way we think about how we allocate limited resources, and how the public's thinking has changed as a result of the pandemic. We also look at what challenges the future holds.
CMF recently produced an edition of our student magazine, nucleus, that focused on the relationship between faith and science. Read it at https://cmf.li/2NmQNRO, which includes links to many other resources on Christianity and science and their long and misunderstood relationship.
CMF's Mark Pickering on Premier Christian Radio's News Hour, discussing the Church of England's stance on medical cannabis.Broadcast by Premier Christian Radio on June 10 2019.
Steve Fouch is interviewed on the Premier News Hour, following Theresa May's announcement of an extra £20bn of NHS funding per year by 2023.Broadcast by Premier Christian Radio on June 18 2018.
Laurence Crutchlow speaking on Trans World Radio, discussing a study into the potential use of Ketamine to treat depression.
Broadcast by Trans World Radio on April 28 2018.
Dr Peter Saunders talks to UCB's Vicky Gibbens as part of National Fertility Awareness Week, 40 years on from the conception of the first IVF baby.
Broadcast by UCB News on October 30 2017.