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Who’s the boss? Vaccinating our children

‘You do it all then – you’re the boss’, said the dad to his ten-year-old daughter, as they struggled to don her swimming hat. Yesterday marked week four of swimming lessons for one of my children; it was also the day the UK government recommended […]

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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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Forcing vaccines on care workers won’t help

Media reports today (16 June 2021) suggest that the UK government is likely to make Covid vaccination mandatory for care home staff, and possibly directly employed NHS staff. I think this would be a mistake. I continue to thank God for the quick development of […]

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DIY abortion: one year on

On this day last year, the UK Government, after a bizarre double-u-turn, made the home an approved ‘class of place’ for early medical abortion up to ten weeks. Women could now obtain both mifepristone and misoprostol after just a phone or video consultation with an […]

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The Ethical Care Decision-Making Record – a cautiously optimistic response

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP), together with the General Medical Council (GMC), have just released a new resource; the Ethical Care Decision-Making Record (ECDMR), which aims ‘to help clinicians, patients and their families or carers make decisions together about the levels of care that […]