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Author Index - Mark Pickering

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Where do we stand – on rock or sand? (CMF news - Spring 2020)

It's hard to predict what shape the world will be in by the time CMF News hits your doormats. As I write in late March, schools and restaurants are closed, supermarkets are rationing to limit panic buying, and those over 70 are self-isolating for three months. Borders are closing around...

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Medical litigation (triple helix - Spring 2020)

The BBC recently found that the National Health Service receives around 10,000 clinical negligence claims each year and currently expects to pay £4.3bn for these. This sum is a significant chunk of the total NHS budget, which was £129bn in 2018-19. [1] The amounts involved are growing. In 2017 the National...

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multidisciplinary working in CMF (spotlight - spring 2020)

When I started as a junior doctor in London, an excellent piece of advice that stuck with me went something like this: 'Whatever you do, get the nurses on side. They know more than you about the patients, and they can make your life much better, or much worse!' The...

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Looking ahead to 2020 (CMF news - Winter 2019)

The end of the year is always a busy time within CMF. The Student Team are engaging with the new intake of students up and down the country and we are in the midst of the autumn conference season. Inside this edition, you'll read more about the wonderful time we...

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Transgender Genesis: Incompatible with human dignity? (triple helix - Winter 2019)

The current transgender environment presents Christians with many challenges as they seek to respond with an appropriate balance of care for vulnerable individuals, clarity over terms, and exposure of unhelpful, underlying ideologies. In a highly significant legal ruling issued on 2 October 2019, belief in Genesis 1:27 ('God created man in...

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Assisted Suicide – much to report (triple helix - Winter 2019)

There has been plenty of activity in recent months around assisted suicide, or 'assisted dying' as it is often euphemistically referred to. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) polled its 35,000 members in February,yet has caused great controversy by the decision of their Council, in advance of the vote, to...

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God is in control (CMF news - Summer 2019)

There's a sense of uncertainty in the nation. The Conservative Party are voting on their new leader as I write. The summer and autumn will be another frenzied round of Brexit negotiations and whatever their outcome, we are unlikely to see much political normality for some time. There is much...

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CMF at 70 – a new era (CMF news - Spring 2019)

70 is a significant number in the Bible. It often indicates completeness, such as the 70 descendants of Jacob, (1) the 70 elders of Israel, (2) or the 70 years of a traditional human lifespan. (3) This year in June, CMF will celebrate its 70th anniversary. Our inception in 1949...

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Rescuing Darwin God and evolution in Britain today (triple helix - winter 2013)

 Nick Spencer and Denis Alexander   Theos, 2009 £10.00 Pb 63pp, ISBN 0955445353  Reviewed by Mark Pickering, a Yorkshire prison GP    Rescuing Darwin. A noble thought. But from whom, and to what purpose? The authors attempt to dispel notions of Darwin being anti-religious, by charting his painful journey into agnosticism. They...

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Medicine behind bars (triple helix - summer 2012)

Prison medicine is a fascinating world of interest and challenge, with great opportunities to be innovative. There are plenty of reasons why Christian doctors can contribute positively to this vital area. Sometimes it can be more like casualty than general practice, especially in a remand prison. There may be a...

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