Coronavirus, flu or measles vaccine concept. Medic, doctor, nurse, health practitioner vaccinates teenage boy with vaccine in syringe. She is wearing uniform, hut and gloves. Both have face mask

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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Smartphone displaying a valid digital vaccination certificate for COVID-19 in male's hand, public area background. Vaccination, disease immunity passport, health and safty travel concepts

Vaccine passports – a 21st-century ‘apartheid’?

Vaccine passports are proof of COVID-19 vaccination status as a condition of participation in certain activities, including employment, education, travel and social engagement. In July, Nadhim Zahawi, the Minister for Covid Vaccine Deployment, stated that by the end of September, the UK Government plans ‘to […]

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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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‘I’m Going to Convert You’

Conversion Therapy Ban ‘I’m going to convert you.’ It has a paternalistic – perhaps even narcissistic – ring to it. To our modern ears, it implies some kind of forceful transformation of one vulnerable party to be something they are not. Its ancient roots flow […]

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Downright Discrimination – the issues in the Heidi Crowter case

On July 6th and 7th 2021, Heidi Crowter made history. She is the first woman with Down syndrome to take the State to court over the discrimination inherent in our abortion law. Her co-claimants Máire Lea-Wilson and her son Aidan (pictured) also feel passionately about […]

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