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Author Index - Philippa Taylor

Philippa Taylor is CMF Head of Public Policy.

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To fast track or not to fast track? (triple helix - winter 2014)

key points There have been mixed reactions to the 'easy access to medicines' scheme. Fast-tracking ZMapp to treat Ebola appears to be a success story. Clinical research is highly regulated for good reasons. While costly and time consuming, it ensures protection against drug disasters. It's possible to over-estimate the likelihood...

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Expensive mistakes (triple helix - winter 2014)

A recent reply by the Government to a Parliamentary question on the number and cost of so-called 'wrongful birth' cases elicited some startling findings. (1) Government figures show that since 2003, the NHS has paid out more than £95 million on 164 successful claims for damages from parents wanting compensation...

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Response to the Proposed Organ and Tissue Donation (Scotland) Bill (25/09/2014)

Ms Anne McTaggart, MSP, consulted on a proposed bill on organ donation in Scotland, which would move from the current opt-in system to a soft opt-out system. This CMF submission...
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Response to the Northern Ireland Justice Committee Consultation on abortion services (12/09/2014)

This CMF response comments on an amendment to the NI Justice (Clause 11a (Ending the Life of an Unborn Child)) that would prevent private companies or charities from offering abortion...
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Celebrating not censoring debate (triple helix - summer 2014)

Closing down discussion won't do Review by Philippa Taylor CMF Head of Public Policy Anne Furedi, who heads up the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), the UK's largest abortion provider, recently wrote a seminal article extolling the value and importance of debate. (1) Furedi wrote the article after taking part in a...

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Submission to the House of Commons Education Committee on Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) in schools (09/06/2014)

This CMF submission emphasises the importance of parental involvement with regard to PSHE and SRE provision. Primary school governing bodies should remain free to decide whether or not to provide...
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Submission to the Department of Health on draft regulations for mitochondrial donation (21/05/2014)

This CMF response comments on the draft regulations to permit the use of new techniques that aim to avoid serious mitochondrial diseases through creating three parent children. The submission reflects...
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Women no longer required to see a doctor in abortion cases (triple helix - spring 2014)

Review by Philippa Taylor, CMF Head of Public Policy The Department of Health has been steadily loosening its guidelines on abortion, without announcements, public consultation or discussion in Parliament. Our suspicion is this change is part of a process culminating in a nurse-led abortion service, predominantly in private clinics, paid...

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Submission to Nuffield Council on Bioethics on the linking and use of biological and health data (22/01/2014)

This short submission proposes that routine record keeping of NHS numbers for abortion should be put in place in order to improve care, hold all providers accountable for the healthcare...
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Submission to the Department of Health on guidance for Independent Sector Places for the Termination of Pregnancy (04/01/2014)

This CMF response comments on the draft Required Standard Operating Procedures (RSOPs) for independent abortion clinics. These will update the interim RSOPs. Our submission suggests amendments for the RSOPs in...
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