Group calls on Lord Darzi to introduce consent amendment
Call to allow parental consent in embryo research

Ministers and MPs are being asked to consider lifting a ban on taking cells from dying children for medical research. Campaigners argue there are practical difficulties to obtaining consent, potentially impeding research into fatal diseases such as Tay Sachs and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). The Genetic Interest Group, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS… Read more »

New national food strategy offers ‘little more than crumbs’

Responding to the publication of England’s National Food Strategy, Sarah Woolley, General Secretary of the Bakers and Allied Food Workers Union (BFAWU) said: “With 10 million people across the UK facing food poverty, this new strategy needed to bring meaningful change and recommend a ‘Right to Food’ law, instead it offers little more than crumbs… Read more »

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MDU and CORESS partner to promote safety in surgical practice

The Medical Defence Union (MDU), the UK’s leading medical defence organisation, has launched a new partnership with the Confidential Reporting System for Surgery (CORESS) an independent charity which promotes safety in surgical practice in the NHS and the private sector. Founded in 2005, CORESS receives confidential incident reports from surgeons and theatre staff. These confidential… Read more »

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Firearms offences fall but fatalities rise to 59
Gun murders rise despite fall in serious crime

More people are being killed as a result of gun crime, despite an overall fall in both homicides and firearms offences, the latest Home Office figures show. Between March 2006 and April 2007 the police recorded 59 fatalities from firearms offences, up from 49 deaths the year before. More than half of all firearms offences… Read more »