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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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Gambling Commission: Proposed amendments to the social responsibility provisions in the licence conditions and codes of practice for all operators (the LCCP) (31/10/2014)

The Gambling Commission is currently reviewing aspects of its licensing conditions and codes of practice relating to social responsibility. We have raised the issue of a one-stop shop for self-exclusion....
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‘We follow a person, not an ideology’ (CMF news - summer 2014)

Better biblical literacy is one of the great challenges for Christians – not least Christian doctors – living in these challenging times. Members attending the 2014 National Conference were treated to valuable teaching about how the Bible's message is a coherent whole. Liam Goligher drew appreciation from delegates for his...

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Pro-life doctors denied qualifications (triple helix - summer 2014)

FSRH ban may be illegal Review by Peter Saunders CMF Chief Executive Doctors who object to prescribing 'contraceptives' which act after fertilisation are to be barred from receiving diplomas or fellowships in sexual and reproductive health even if they undertake the necessary training. The ruling comes in new guidelines...

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U-turn on aetiology of sexual orientation (triple helix - summer 2014)

RCPsych concedes orientation is multifactorial The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych), in an extraordinary about-face, has conceded that sexual orientation is not wholly biologically determined. In a new position statement (1) issued in April 2014, they now consider that the causes are 'a combination of biological and postnatal environmental factors'. The...

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Assisted suicide: doctors should have none of it (triple helix - summer 2014)

Falconer Bill poses new threat Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill (1) would grant new powers enabling doctors to dispense lethal drugs to mentally competent adults, judged to have six months or less to live and who have a 'settled wish' to end their lives. As such it runs counter to the...

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The miracle of Kim Phuc (triple helix - spring 2014)

Peter Saunders relates the sequel to a horrific but iconic image. On 8 June 1972, a plane bombed the village of Trang Bang, near Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) in South Vietnamese pilot mistook a group of civilians leaving a temple for enemy troops. The bombs contained napalm, a...

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Euthanasia – New threats on the horizon (triple helix - spring 2014)

Review by Peter Saunders, CMF Chief Executive With the recent decision by the Belgian government to allow euthanasia for children, the battle against legalised medical killing in Europe has sharply intensified. We will face two new parliamentary challenges in Britain this year. Lord Falconer plans to table his Assisted...

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When ideology drives science (triple helix - spring 2014)

When ideology drives science In July 1949, the New England Journal of Medicine printed an article by Dr Leo Alexander titled 'Medical Science under Dictatorship'. (1) In it, he explains what happens to science when it 'becomes subordinated to the guiding philosophy' of a political ideology. 'Irrespective of...

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Countering the threat of euthanasia (triple helix - winter 2013)

New anti-euthanasia coalition launched Review by Peter Saunders CMF Chief Executive A new coalition was launched in Brussels on Wednesday 13 November 2013 to combat the growing threat of euthanasia across Europe. The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Europe (EPC-Europe) (1) draws together organisations and individuals from across the continent. Dr Kevin...

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Situation Ethics (triple helix - winter 2013)

Divorcing love from morality We might assume that all those who identify as Christians in Britain share similar and predictable views on topical ethical issues. We would be wrong. Author Richard Dawkins' Foundation for Reason and Science (UK) found in a poll published in 2012 (1) that, of those who...

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