Duty of care in genomic medicine: who is liable? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 4th, 2017 in doctors, duty of care, genetic testing, medical ethics, news, third parties by sally

‘Clinical Genetics is a field of medicine concerned with the probability of an indvidual’s condition having an hereditary basis. The journal Medical Law International has just published an article about the scope of potential duties of care owed by specialists in this field to people with heritable diseases. The authors draw out the features of genomic medicine that open the door to new liabilities; a potential duty owed by clinicians to third party family members, and another legal relationship that may be drawn between researchers and patients.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 3rd September 2017

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General Pharmaceutical Council guidance on religion, personal values & beliefs – Law & Religion UK

‘The General Pharmaceutical Council – the independent regulator for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises in Great Britain – has published In practice: Guidance on religion, personal values and beliefs.’

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Law & Religion UK, 24th June 2017

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The Human Genome and Human Rights recommendations: “aspirational and symbolic” – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 7th, 2015 in codes of practice, DNA, equality, human rights, medical ethics, news by sally

‘The International Bioethics Committee, under the auspices of UNESCO, has recently updated its guidance on the human genome and human rights. The Report of the IBC on Updating its Reflection on the Human Genome and Human Rights was published in October 2015, and takes into account the Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights (1997), the International Declaration on Human Genetic Data (2003) and the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (2005). The following summary is based on Alison Hall’s review of the recommendations in the PHG Foundation’s bulletin.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 2nd December 2015

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The Right to Die: A Moral or Legal question? Or Both? – No. 5 Chambers

Posted September 24th, 2014 in appeals, assisted suicide, bills, euthanasia, medical ethics, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘Late last month the Supreme Court of the UK handed down a judgment on the cases of two severely disabled men who want other people to help them to die.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 18th September 2014

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Best Interests Reviewed: United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust v N [2014] EWCOP 16 – No. 5 Chambers

Posted September 24th, 2014 in Court of Protection, health, medical ethics, medical treatment, news by sally

‘This recent case in the Court of Protection considered best interests in the context of a minimally conscious patient and whether it was lawful for the applicant trust to cease making further efforts to maintain artificial nutrition.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 18th September 2014

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Court orders MMR vaccine for children – UK Human Rights Blog

“The High Court has ruled that two sisters must receive the MMR vaccine against their wishes and the wishes of their mother. This was an application by the father for a declaration and a specific issue order concerning his daughters both receive the MMR vaccination. This was opposed by their mother.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th October 2013

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Sisters must receive MMR vaccine, court rules – The Guardian

Posted October 14th, 2013 in families, medical ethics, medical treatment, news by sally

“A judge has ruled that two sisters must receive the MMR vaccine even though neither they nor their mother want them to have it.”

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The Guardian, 12th October 2013

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Statement from Director of Public Prosecutions on abortion related cases – Crown Prosecution Service

“In early 2012, the Daily Telegraph carried out an undercover investigation at various abortion clinics in England. As a result, a police investigation was conducted and, in due course, the police asked the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for advice about possible criminal charges. This note relates to the decision to take no further action in relation to two doctors: Dr S and Dr R.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 7th October 2013

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Dominic Grieve under pressure to explain CPS decision not to prosecute over gender selection abortion scandal – Daily Telegraph

“Britain’s top law officer is to come under pressure in the House of Commons this week to say why the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to prosecute over the gender selection abortion scandal.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th October 2013

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Gender abortion decision ‘unconstitutional’ say MPs – Daily Telegraph

“An alliance of 50 MPs on Saturday accuses the Crown Prosecution Service of an ‘unconstitutional’ encroachment on the role of Parliament by refusing to bring charges against doctors linked to illegal abortions.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th September 2013

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Appeal court shies away from right to die issue – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 31st, 2013 in appeals, assisted suicide, euthanasia, human rights, medical ethics, news by sally

“The Court of Appeal has today unanimously dismissed appeals by Jane Nicklinson and Paul Lamb challenging the legal ban on voluntary euthanasia.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 31st July 2013

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Right-to-die campaigners lose battle – BBC News

Posted July 31st, 2013 in appeals, assisted suicide, human rights, medical ethics, news by sally

“The family of late locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson and paralysed road accident victim Paul Lamb have lost their right-to-die challenges.”

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BBC News, 31st July 2013

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Right-to-die man awaits court ruling – BBC News

Posted July 31st, 2013 in appeals, assisted suicide, human rights, medical ethics, necessity, news by sally

“The Court of Appeal is due to rule on the case of a paralysed man who wants to be helped to die.”

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BBC News, 31st July 2013

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New guidance on DNR orders brought forward – The Guardian

Posted June 24th, 2013 in consent, families, judicial review, medical ethics, medical treatment, news by sally

“Guidance to doctors and nurses on decisions about whether or not to resuscitate patients is being reviewed amid concerns over whether it is being properly implemented.”

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The Guardian, 21st June 2013

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Doctors call for law to protect them against HIV – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 3rd, 2013 in consent, doctors, HIV, medical ethics, news by sally

“Leading doctors are calling for a change in the law, so that unconscious patients can be tested for HIV if those treating them get injured.”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd June 2013

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Aberystwyth doctor six-month ban for ‘flirting’ texts – BBC News

“A doctor who worked at Aberystwyth’s Bronglais hospital has been struck off for six months after sending flirtatious texts messages.”

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BBC News, 10th May 2013

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Lord Falconer to press on assisted dying law – BBC News

“Parliament is to be asked to consider the case for legalising assisted dying for terminally ill patients who have less than six months to live.”

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BBC News, 7th May 2013

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Genetic testing of children up for adoption – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 29th, 2013 in adoption, children, genetic testing, medical ethics, news by tracey

“Y and Z (Children), 25 April 2013 [2013] EWHC 953 (Fam). Having children is a lottery. No judge or court in the land would sanction the regulation of childbearing, however feckless the parents, unsuitable the conditions for childrearing, or unpromising the genetic inheritance. Adoption on the other hand is stringently regulated, set about with obstacles for prospective parents, and strictly scrutinised by an army of authorities backed up by specialist family courts and a battery of laws, statutory instruments and guidance papers. Usually the filtering is in one direction only: the suitability of the parents to the child or children up for adoption. But sometimes it goes the other way, and this case raises the fascinating and somewhat futuristic question of whether children’s chance of finding a suitable home might be increased by genetic testing.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th April 2013

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Court of Protection Update – Family Law Week

“Sally Bradley and Michael Edwards, barristers at 4 Paper Buildings, look at recent decisions on capacity in the Court of Protection.”

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Family Law Week, 12th April 2013

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Doctors allowed to date former patients – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 27th, 2013 in doctors, medical ethics, news, professional conduct by tracey

“A watchdog has updated its guidance on doctors having romantic relationships
with their former patients, urging medical professionals to use their
‘professional judgement’ to decide if it is appropriate.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th March 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk