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Articles from Spring 2022

Why me?

The waiting room for the emergency gynae clinic is a strange place. The air is thick with nerves. No-one makes eye contact, conversations with partners are had in hushed tones. The walls covered with posters offering support and counselling services that only serve to reinforce the sense of inevitability. There's...

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Speaking truth to power

We have all felt like this at times. There is no easy answer, but there is a theological and biblical basis for advocacy. There is a long tradition of speaking out for justice among Christians, as we explored in the last edition of Triple Helix. [1] If we accept that advocacy...

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Responding to human need

An asylum seeker is someone who claims to be a refugee but whose claim hasn't been evaluated. ... Someone is an asylum seeker for so long as their application is pending. So not every asylum seeker will be recognised as a refugee, but every refugee is initially an asylum seeker....

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Getting involved

CMF has always had at its heart a passion for releasing members into Christ-focused ministry for the Kingdom. This is why we have invested in training and discipleship programmes of different kinds for many years. Current programmes include DeepER, equipping students and the newly qualified to find, develop, and express their...

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Suicide...

Little has been written about the impact on a practice when a colleague dies by suicide. It is not a common event. About 16 doctors die by suicide every year. Nevertheless, the rate is high compared to the general population, notably amongst women, general practitioners, and trainees. [1],[2] Reliable numbers...

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CHLN

The healthcare leadership arena is an increasingly secular one. Leaders can feel isolated in their role or reluctant to step into leadership positions in the first place. Others succumb to the sacred-secular divide, where leaders and managers are involved in church and see their 'secular' work as less valuable. And...

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Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Whatever Cross-centred ethics that point to Jesus Giles Cattermole CMF, 2022, £7.50, 110pp, ISBN: 9780906747834 Reviewed by Matt Lillicrap, Pastor, Hope Community Church, Cambridge How do we know the right or wrong thing to do? That question has vexed and perplexed humanity for centuries, keeping philosophers and ethicists, religious leaders and university professors...

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Editorial

Faith during wartime

Shock and disbelief were my first two reactions when I awoke on 24 February to the news that Russia had invaded Ukraine. Horror as I saw residential buildings across the country bombed. Outrage as civilians were trapped by shelling in cities to the south and east of the country. Compassion...

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Final Thought

Eyes fixed on him

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.(Hebrews 12:1-2) During...

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history

Golding Bird and the Christian Medical Association

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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Juniors

Justice in the workplace

The word 'justice' has been very much on the tips of our tongues recently. With global and national events exposing injustices, it seems everyone feels the need to make the world a fairer place somehow. Contemporary justice concerns include climate change, the refugee crisis, racial justice, and modern slavery, to...

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News Review

Assisted suicide: the onslaught continues

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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Concerning news from Scotland: the 'Conversion Therapy' ban

Last year the Scottish parliament ran a consultation [1] seeking views on how they should respond to a petition 'Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to ban the provision or promotion of LGBT+ conversion therapy in Scotland'. [2] Later in the year, Westminster also launched a...

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Nationalities and Borders Bill: charging vulnerable asylum seekers for basic healthcare

The Nationality and Borders Bill [1] currently passing through both Houses of Parliament is promoted as a means of stopping small boats from crossing the channel and of breaking up the gangs of people smugglers. The Bill also contains clauses to create prison-like conditions for asylum seekers, holding them away...

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Covid vaccine mandates: why the Government's change of policy is a wise move

Few issues have created such division among health professionals as Covid vaccine mandates. While most NHS staff freely accepted vaccination and are strong advocates for it with their patients and colleagues, a small minority (about five to six per cent) [1] have thus far refused vaccination. Even when the Government...

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