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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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Capturing the language of (assisted) death

Those promoting the agenda that, in plain speaking, wants the UK to legalise doctors to be able to provide a prescription for a lethal draught with which patients can kill themselves, have a long history of shape-shifting their language. Morphing from the Voluntary Euthanasia Society […]

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‘Dying with Dignity’ Bill defeated in Ireland

The Joint Committee on Justice in Ireland has put a halt to the Dying with Dignity Bill proposed by Deputy Gino Kelly. They have recommended that an Oireachtas Special Committee be established to examine the whole area of assisted dying. A public consultation on the bill was […]

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‘Don’t bother the midwife’: abortion as a parable for assisted suicide

The current series of Call the Midwife is set in 1966. We dispensed with World Cup fever in about half an episode and are now focussing on other things in the news that year. The most significant of these, from a midwifery perspective, was David […]

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Assisted suicide debates are back yet again across the British Isles: it’s time for health professionals’ voices to be heard

Despite the backdrop of COVID-19 and the emphasis on caring for the most vulnerable in society, an old issue is firmly back on the political agenda. Assisted dying (assisted suicide and euthanasia) is being debated in different jurisdictions of the British Isles, with some MSPs […]