Death with dignity: patient autonomy in the wake of Charlie Gard and Noel Conway

Death is relevant to us all, but end of life care – particularly for the terminally ill – is something few consider before they have to confront it. Two pressing cases have recently caught the world’s attention, both in London, and both challenging what it means to die with dignity. One was of an 11-month-old […]

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Hunt’s plans are a disaster for doctors

  Doctors don’t get involved in politics. Since Thatcher, the NHS has been pulled apart on all sides, put back together again and, largely, there have been no complaints. But with his proposed junior doctor contract, Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, has made a crucial error. He has threatened NHS patients. The […]

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Atos Healthcare: Still profiting from misery

Whilst the Olympic opening ceremony, quite fairly, glorified our National Health Service, it is nonetheless worth remembering the real state of affairs for a significant number of Britain’s sick. In April of this year, around 3400 people in Oxford and 10,000 in the county of Oxfordshire were subsisting on Incapacity Benefit (the allowance for those […]

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