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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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a refuge and strength in times of uncertainty (CMF news - summer 2011)

The ripples of the economic recession are now beginning to be felt in the health service where the rising drug bill, increased burden of life-style related disease and growing elderly population have created a cocktail of increasing need and spiralling costs at the same time as the government attempts to...

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Welsh morning-after pill scheme (triple helix - summer 2011)

Since April this year (1) the 'morning-after pill' has been available free from pharmacies across Wales, while still costing about £25 in the rest of the UK. Over 700 high street pharmacies can now provide it, even to girls as young as 13, without consent from a parent or guardian....

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The BBC documentary 'Choosing to die' (triple helix - summer 2011)

The BBC's decision to screen a man's dying moments at the Dignitas suicide facility in a documentary fronted by Terry Pratchett have come in for heavy criticism. Over 900 complaints were received by the BBC and a group of five peers wrote to The Times complaining of BBC bias. (1) ...

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Faith matters in healthcare encounters (triple helix - summer 2011)

The case of a Christian GP reprimanded by the General Medical Council for talking about his faith to a patient (1), (2) has revived interest in the appropriateness of faith-based discussion during a medical consultation. Dr Richard Scott was accused of 'harassment' and told by the medical regulator that...

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All Change (CMF news - spring 2011)

New Head of Graduate Ministries Doctor Pablo Fernandez started full time at CMF in March, overlapping with Kevin Vaughan for a month. We introduce him: Pablo, you qualified in Spain. How did you come to Britain? The pharmaceutical company I was working for in Madrid offered me a position...

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Policy decisions in medicine (triple helix - Easter 2011)

Policy decisions in medicineDriven by evidence in ideology? The risk of developing [lung cancer] increases in proportion to the amount smoked. It may be 50 times as great among those who smoke 25 or more cigarettes a day as among non-smokers. Thus concluded Richard Doll's 1950 British Medical Journal 'citation classic'...

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New medical group advocates assisted suicide (triple helix - Christmas 2010)

A new group of 'health professionals' has recently joined the growing number of 'societies' and 'forums' seeking legal permission for doctors to assist with suicide. (1) Healthcare Professionals for Change (2) follows Libby Wilson's FATE (3) (Friends at the End), Michael Irwin's SOARS (4) (Society for Old Age Rational Suicide),...

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Cape Town 2010 (triple helix - Christmas 2010)

The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization (1) closed in Cape Town on 25 October with a ringing call to the church. The event, perhaps the widest and most diverse gathering of Christians ever held, drew 4,000 selected participants from 198 nations. Organisers extended its reach into over 650 GlobaLink...

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hope and a future (CMF news - summer 2010)

'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future'. (Jeremiah 29:11) How often have you quoted these familiar words of Scripture to a brother or sister in need, or gained strength...

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The Resistance Campaign (triple helix - summer 2010)

Disabled people's leaders launched a new campaign in Westminster on 3 June calling for better support and opposing any change in the law to allow 'assisted dying'. Not Dead Yet UK's (1) 'Resistance' campaign (2) has been prompted by fears that calls to legalise assisted suicide and euthanasia are likely...

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