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Articles from summer 2018

Abortion momentum triggered by Irish vote

In the wake of the referendum vote to liberalise the abortion law in the Republic of Ireland in June, pro-abortion MPs in Westminster, led by Stella Creasy MP, have been campaigning hard to 'decriminalise' abortion in the UK and to extend permissive abortion legislation to Northern Ireland. The momentum created...

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NHS 70 years old

5 July commemorated 70 years of the UK's National Health Service. I briefly wrote for Triple Helix for the 50th anniversary (1) and the 60th, (2) so now want to reflect at greater length on Christianity's influence on medicine and the first 70 years of the NHS. The first 1900...

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standing in the gap

Many fear that the ongoing reforms of the National Health Service (NHS) by the last two administrations are an attempt to 'privatise' the health service by stealth. (1) These anxieties, from both left-wing media and health professional bodies, stem from a concern that subcontracting out services to 'for profit' companies...

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When doctor turns patient

Adrian Warnock graduated from Bart's and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1995. He specialised in psychiatry before moving into pharmaceutical medicine. Adrian was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia in May 2017 and has had several inpatient admissions and two surgeries as a result. (1) From the first experience...

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Lessons from the refugee crisis

'"The people of the land practise extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the foreigner, denying them justice. I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so that I...

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When a Christian voice can be heard

As Christians, we have a responsibility to use our God-given abilities for the good of society. (1), (2)This applies not only to 'spiritual gifts' and 'natural talents' (such as musical aptitude), but also to the skills and knowledge we have acquired in the course of our professional lives. There are...

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Sharing our faith in Jesus

Two sisters attended our surgery in a predominantly Asian part of town. They always came together and came often. They had various complaints and mostly different symptoms. But no sooner was one thing better than another complaint presented itself. I was the only female GP and they mostly came to...

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Book Reviews

Reviews

Understanding sexual abuse: A guide for ministry leaders and survivors Tim Hein IVP 2018, £12.00, 158pp, ISBN 9781910012475 Reviewed by Hilary Johnson , consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry in Buckinghamshire Tim Hein writes as a Christian leader and from his personal perspective and experience as a survivor of sexual...

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Editorial

Legalising assisted suicide

Assisting or encouraging suicide remains a crime in Britain under the Suicide Act 1961. (1) But over the last 15 years there has been relentless pressure to change this from well-resourced lobby groups backed by powerful celebrity voices and sections of the British media. More than ten attempts to legalise assisted...

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Eutychus

Eutychus

Jeremy Hunt the great survivor Being Health Secretary is a poisoned chalice. Even so Jeremy Hunt, survivor of many political storms, has eclipsed Aneurin Bevan and Norman Fowler to become Britain's longest-serving minister in that post: five years and 274 days to be exact (Monday 4 June 2018). A tweet...

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Final Thought

The shining face of Moses

'When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD.'(1) Students of forensic science will be familiar with Edmond Locard's famous principle: 'every contact leaves a trace'....

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News Review

Medics on the frontline

Events in the Middle East over the last few years have challenged the long-held belief that medical services are neutrals and not to be attacked by either side. In Syria, as the civil war has headed towards its climax, bombing of hospitals has become alarmingly frequent. (1) In Yemen, a...

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Changing gender

The government has launched a public consultation, (1) on how to make it easier for transgender people in England and Wales to change their legal gender on their birth certificates. A similar consultation closed in Scotland in March, but has not yet reported. (2) Currently, under the Gender Recognition Act 2004...

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NHS at 70

You can hardly have missed the coverage of the 70th birthday of Britain's National Health Service (NHS) in early July (unless you are not based in the UK, in which case, bear with us). (1) As Andrew Fergusson explains in more detail in his article in this edition, the advent of...

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