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Author Index - Peter Saunders

Dr Peter Saunders is a former general surgeon and Chief Executive CMF. He is now CEO of the International Christian Medical & Dental Association

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Marris bill defeated (triple helix - winter 2015)

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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Junior doctors and industrial action (triple helix - winter 2015)

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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DNA editing - a case still to be made (triple helix - summer 2015)

Review by Peter Saunders CMF Chief Executive Manipulating the human germline has been off limits for decades but new technology has brought it one step closer. A new tool called Crispr enables scientists to 'edit' the genome by adding or deleting DNA sequences. In response to...

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Assisted suicide bills - one down, one to go (triple helix - summer 2015)

Review by Peter Saunders CMF Chief Executive One assisted suicide bill has been defeated and another resurrected in six weeks of roller coaster activity in British parliaments, keeping the debate very much alive. Patrick Harvie's Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill (1) was defeated by 82 votes to 36 in...

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The NHS at a crossroads - crisis equals threat plus opportunity (triple helix - summer 2015)

The NHS is at a crossroads. Simon Stevens, NHS England's Chief Executive, says we need a new plan based on a 'triple integration': primary and specialist services; physical and mental health; healthcare and social care. (1) The Five Year Forward View, (2) launched last October, is a collaboration between six...

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Three-parent embryos (triple helix - spring 2015)

Britain has become the first country in the world to offer controversial 'threeparent' fertility treatments to families who want to avoid passing on mitochondrial diseases to their children. The House of Commons approved the measure by 382–128 and the House of Lords by 280–48 on 3 and 24 February respectively. ...

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Assisted suicide (triple helix - spring 2015)

Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill (1) sought to legalise assisted suicide (but not euthanasia) formentally competent adults (aged over 18) with less than six months to live, subject to 'safeguards' under a two doctors' signature model similar to the Abortion Act 1967. The bill had an unopposed second reading in...

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How should Christian doctors vote? (triple helix - spring 2015)

On 7 May the UK goes to the polls for the general election. Whoever assumes power will have a profound influence in shaping public policy in matters which affect us, our families, churches, patients and colleagues. Some claim that politics and religion should not mix – but God is intimately...

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Assisted suicide (triple helix - winter 2014)

Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill (1) (2) reached Committee Stage in the House of Lords on Friday 7 November. It seeks to legalise assisted suicide (but not euthanasia) for mentally competent adults (aged over 18) with less than six months to live, subject to 'safeguards' under a two doctors' signature...

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Cheap Grace (triple helix - winter 2014)

Many Christians are suspicious of ethics. They think it undermines grace and distracts from the preaching of the gospel. They also fear that it leads to legalism. They want to emphasise, quite rightly, the fact that salvation is a gift that we cannot earn. (1) (2) Salvation is indeed...

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