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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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The faithfulness of God: final thoughts from Peter Saunders after three decades of service to CMF (CMF news - Winter 2018)

W hen Kirsty and I left New Zealand bound for Kapsowar Hospital in 1989, with two boys aged eight months and three years, we were planning to be 'career missionaries' in Africa. A taste of healthcare mission in the Kenyan highlands only intensified that desire and leaving home, friends and...

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New BMA guidance on CANH: the devil is in the detail (triple helix - Winter 2018)

N ew draft guidance from the BMA allows doctors to withdraw food and fluids from non-imminently dying patients with dementia, stroke and brain injury, provided it is in their 'best interests'. (1),(2) It comes complete with a six-page executive summary, flow charts and tick box forms to smooth the decision-making...

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The divine image and the embodied soul:restoring a theology of the body (triple helix - Winter 2018)

W hat do the current drives for assisted suicide, abortion on demand, same-sex marriage, transgenderism, robot rights and presumed consent for organ donation have in common? They are certainly all backed by 'progressive' secularists who occupy the corridors of power. But more specifically they are all based on a sub-Christian...

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Managing time (nucleus - Freshers edition)

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 only. When you pause for breath, you might notice that...

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Changing gender (triple helix - summer 2018)

The government has launched a public consultation, (1) on how to make it easier for transgender people in England and Wales to change their legal gender on their birth certificates. A similar consultation closed in Scotland in March, but has not yet reported. (2) Currently, under the Gender Recognition Act 2004...

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Legalising assisted suicide (triple helix - summer 2018)

Assisting or encouraging suicide remains a crime in Britain under the Suicide Act 1961. (1) But over the last 15 years there has been relentless pressure to change this from well-resourced lobby groups backed by powerful celebrity voices and sections of the British media. More than ten attempts to legalise assisted...

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Clinically-assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH) and adults who lack the capacity to consent (09/08/2018)

Guidance for decision making in England and Wales The British Medical Association (BMA) is undertaking a consultation over clinically-assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH) and adults who lack the capacity to...
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God's prescription for exhausted doctors:living with daily pressures (triple helix - spring 2018)

Christian doctors face extraordinary pressures - not only do we often feel asked to do the impossible with inadequate resources, but our own sense of duty can drive us to take on responsibilities that surpass our ability to cope. The prophet Elijah, after his victory over the prophets of Baal on...

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Guarding the price of freedom (triple helix - spring 2018)

Key points The march of secular humanism calls for active engagement by Christians in parliaments, courts and institutions. After failure to win parliamentary votes to legalise assisted suicide, the courts have now become the battleground. Currently there are no bills concerning abortion before Parliament, but proabortion activists may seek to amend...

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The Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill:Baroness O'Loan deserves our full support (triple helix - spring 2018)

Baroness O'Loan's Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill (1),(2) passed its second reading (debate stage) in the House of Lords on 26 January 2018. It is now being reviewed by a Committee of the Whole House where amendments can be submitted and debated. If it then passes a third reading it...

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