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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 […]

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‘Conversion Therapy’ Ban: a review of the issues

You may be aware of current controversies around the issue of so-called ‘conversion therapy’. But you may be wondering what it’s all about and whether we need to worry about it as Christians and/or medics. This is a debate that, like so many current issues, […]

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It’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle: a Christian challenge to the NHS ‘COVID pay rise’

I was rather challenged by Georgie Coster’s heartfelt blog in August on the lack of a pay rise for nurses and other NHS staff in the recent, ‘post COVID’ pay awards. I am one of those ‘hard-working’ Consultants who deserved (according to the BMA and […]

Tribute to Nurses Emergency Staff and Medical Frontliners

Priceless but penniless: The ‘heroes’ denied a pay rise

On 21 July, the Treasury announced a pay rise for almost 900,000 public sector workers. Months into a pandemic, this was surely a perceptive move by the government to cultivate a positive relationship with its valuable ‘frontliners’. However, not everybody embraced the pay rise, because […]

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COVID-19 is exposing UK health inequalities

Recent figures from theDepartment of Health and Social Care (DHSC) show the UK death toll from COVID-19 was nearly 40,000 by the start of June. This makes the UK’s death toll among the worst in the global pandemic. Black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities make up a […]