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Author Index - Mark Pickering

Mark is a prison GP and CMF Chief Executive

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Golding Bird and the Christian Medical Association (triple helix - Spring 2022)

CMF was founded in 1949, and 2024 will be its 75th anniversary. However, its roots go back much further, and there is plenty to learn from the people and organisations that came before it. In the mid-19th century, Charles Dickens was at the height of his career, and Queen Victoria was...

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Assisted suicide: the onslaught continues (triple helix - Spring 2022)

In recent months there has been continual pressure to legalise assisted suicide all around the British Isles. In Westminster, Baroness Meacher's bill had its second reading in October, with an excellent seven-hour debate; it is unlikely to progress beyond Committee stage. However, an amendment by Lord Forsyth to the Government's...

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Light at the end of the tunnel? (CMF news - Autumn 2021)

There is an old joke that says the light at the end of the tunnel may actually be another train coming to run you over! , It can feel like that at the moment when we're firmly in the third wave of Covid; though vaccination has made a huge difference, who...

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BMA neutralised: on assisted suicide and euthanasia (triple helix - Autumn 2021)

'Doctors Drop Opposition to Assisted Dying!' were the predictable headlines when the British Medical Association (BMA) narrowly voted to move from 'opposition' to 'neutrality' on 'assisted dying, including physician-assisted dying' (PAD), at its online Annual Representatives' Meeting (ARM) on 14 September. [1] The vote was incredibly close, with just four votes...

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Transitions (CMF news - Spring 2021)

Navigating transition is often challenging and risky. Whether it's coming off a slip road onto a motorway, stepping into a rowing boat, or transferring a sick patient between intensive care units, that point of transition between one settled state and another can have disastrous consequences if not managed wisely. Even harder...

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GOD'S JUSTICE: prison – the perfect place for you? (nucleus - Summer 2021)

I never expected to end up behind bars. One day in 2009 while working as a salaried GP, an email came round from the practice manager. Our large practice had got a contract at a medium-secure forensic psychiatric hospital, and they needed a GP to do a couple of physical...

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Remembering Arthur Rendle Short (triple helix - Spring 2021)

Those who are regulars at the CMF National Conference will remember the Rendle Short Lecture (RSL) that has been a feature of Saturday afternoons there for many years. In fact, Prof John Wyatt's RSL in 2019 was the 60th such lecture. The change in format of CMF National Conferences for...

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End of life developments (triple helix - Spring 2021)

Pressure to legalise assisted suicide continues. The BMA members' poll, taken in February 2020 but only released in October 2020, is very significant, representing the views of 29,000 BMA members. As noted at the time: '40 per cent of respondents wanted the BMA to actively support attempts to change the...

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Ideology trumps evidence at the BMA? (triple helix - Autumn 2020)

Review by Mark PickeringCMF Chief Executive The British Medical Association (BMA) held its annual meeting on 15 September. Usually a four-day residential event with 600 delegates, it was reduced to one day online due to COVID. Much debate focussed on urgent COVID-related issues, but there was also a helpful open session...

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Wider, Clearer, Closer (CMF news - Autumn 2020)

It's an odd time to be planning for the future, when COVID means that organising holidays, weddings or conferences feels like pinning the tail on a moving donkey whilst blindfolded. CMF has completed its current five-year plan, ACTIVE 2020, and along with responding to all the specific challenges of this year,...

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