Egg freezing in the UK: Recent developments in the broader context of reproductive ageing

By Giulia Cavaliere and James Rupert Fletcher. The UK government has just amended the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 and extended the limit for storing gametes (eggs and sperm) and embryos from 10 to 55 years. Previously, only people with a medical reason, such as infertility caused by cancer treatment, could store their gametes […]

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If some inhalers contribute to global warming, how should healthcare respond?

By Joshua Parker. Most people are surprised to hear that if industrialised healthcare were a country it would be the fifth-largest emitter of greenhouse gases on the planet. In 2019, the NHS was responsible for around 7% of England’s total carbon footprint; approximately 25 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent. We can already see the effects […]

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Doctors should not be forced to refer patients for controversial procedures

By David Albert Jones. Should doctors have a right not to provide legal but morally controversial procedures such as assisted suicide or abortion?  And, if a doctor declines to provide some procedure, should the doctor be required to refer the patient to another doctor who will provide it? Where abortion or assisted suicide are legal, […]

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Developing a practical resource to improve the ethical standing of gene therapy trials

By Rosie Munday, Hugh Davies and Stephanie Jones with Oxford “A” Health Research Authority Research Ethics Committee Oxford “A” NHS REC is one of the four UK Research Ethics Committees flagged to review gene therapy proposals. Following the philosopher Mary Warnock’s sage advice “I do not believe you can make moral judgements unless, as far […]

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Getting clear on what counts as dignity-promoting dementia care

By Hojjat Soofi. There are increasing calls to offer more dignity-promoting care to people with dementia, particularly in long-term care settings. In Australia, the recent Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety recommends revising the foundational principles that underpin current care practices in residential aged care facilities (RACFs), which are home to many people […]

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A new research ethics framework to consider environmental impacts requires a re-imagining of how health research is conceptualised

By Gabrielle Samuel and Cristina Richie. Developed countries’ health care systems comprise a significant proportion of their national carbon emissions (e.g., 6% in Great Britain) that, in turn, contribute to global emissions. These carbon emissions are compounded by other health issues such as climate change health hazards; social issues like war and environmental migration; and […]

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“Their body, still their choice”

By Kyle van Oosterum. In ‘My body, not my choice: against legalised abortion’, Perry Hendricks offers an intriguing argument that suggests the state can coerce pregnant women into continuing to sustain their fetuses. This argument certainly piqued my interest given the recent overturning of Roe vs. Wade which means that the constitutional right to abortion […]

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