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Halfway Through this Journey: Talking about dying

Benjamin Franklin is widely credited with the pithy aphorism ‘in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.’  After the recent leaks from the Panamanian tax firm Mossack Fonseca we have learnt that the super-rich may be exempt from the […]

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Rise of the Healthcare Robots: Five Ethical Issues To Consider

Once considered the subject of our imagination, best left in the realm of science fiction, robots are now a growing technology that is rapidly changing our world. We have become accustomed to seeing them on our TV screens in cartoons such as The Jetsons (1962-1988) […]

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Legal abortion until term?

UK abortion provider BPAS has launched a campaign to legalise abortion-on-demand, up-to-birth, for any reason. Parliament is considering debating the issue. For more information on this see http://www.righttolife.org.uk/comment-opinion/abortion-up-to-birth/ The following are my own personal reflections: My daughter was born at 27 weeks gestational age. She […]

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Student bursaries for nurses and midwives: should they be scrapped?

Protests and petitions about the government’s proposal to scrap bursaries for student nurses and midwives from 2017 should surprise no one. Let’s look at some of the issues: Who is ‘For’ this Proposal and Why? UK university faculties in nursing and midwifery have actively been pushing the […]

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Excluding the spiritual from patient care: what is the NMC up to?

In some ways, it speaks of the nature of our times that we have created a special category of care and labelled it ‘spiritual’.  In truth, all nursing and medical care has recognised that spiritual needs exist and need to be paid attention to as part of the proper […]