Patricia Hewitt rejected calls from the Catholic church to review abortion law
Hewitt rejects abortion law review

The health secretary has rejected calls for the maximum time at which women can have an abortion to be reduced from 24 weeks. Following a private meeting with the archbishop of Westminster, Patricia Hewitt announced that the government’s position on the issue remained the same. “It has long been the parliamentary convention that proposals for… 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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Two thousand schoolchildren ‘learn moor’

More than 2,000 schoolchildren were treated to an upland educational experience during this year’s Let’s Learn Moor events. Talks and interactive presentations were provided by those who live and work in the uplands including gamekeepers, farmers, conservationists, local organisations and the emergency services. Now in its fifth year the project continues to offer local schools… Read more »

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Cardinal Murphy O'Connor is expected to call for a reduction in the abortion time limit
Cardinal reopens abortion limit debate

The head of the Catholic church in Britain will reignite the debate over abortion today when he is expected to call on the government to lower the current 24-week limit. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor’s meeting with health secretary Patricia Hewitt comes amid mounting calls for a review of the latest time women can have an abortion…. Read more »