Dr Rick Thomas

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Dr Rick Thomas is a Public Policy Researcher at CMF.
Dr Rick Thomas

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Has the RCP’s reluctance to issue guidance on fMRI scans for coma patients become indefensible?

In March 2020, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in the UK published national guidelines on the management of patients with prolonged disorders of consciousness (PDOC). Those guidelines updated their 2013 guidance, ‘particularly in relation to recent developments in assessment and management, and … changes […]

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Scottish Government muddles sex and gender – and plans to legalise the confusion

The Scottish Government is consulting on a plan to make the existing process to obtain legal recognition under the Gender Recognition Act 2004 a better service for those trans and non-binary people in Scotland who wish to use it. Under the law, as it stands, […]

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Diana Johnson’s Bill could return women to the perils of ‘back street’ abortion days

Today, 23 October 2018, Diana Johnson MP introduced a Ten Minute Rule Bill to decriminalise abortion in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland (NI). The bill was given leave to proceed to a Second Reading by 208 votes to 123. (179 Labour MPs voted for the […]

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The Prime Minister’s transgender proposals dangerously oversimplify a complex mental health issue

The Government’s public consultation on possible means to make it simpler and easier for people in England and Wales to change their legal gender concludes on 19 October. Prime Minister Theresa May has said that she wants ‘to see a process that is more streamlined […]

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The wisdom of repugnance

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has just published its findings in answer to the question ‘what do we mean when we talk about nature, natural/ unnatural and ‘naturalness’? They set out five broad understandings of naturalness: 1. Neutral or sceptic – the view that there […]