A joint meeting between the Medical Ethics Alliance and the Catholic Medical Association was held in Birmingham on 20th October to discuss new guidance on withdrawal of food and fluid as well as the Supreme Court Judgement. … more
This Press release was issued by the Medical Ethics Alliance on 30th July 2018
In the light of today`s ruling by the Supreme Court that food and fluid , if delivered by tube, can be withdrawn from patients in the persistent vegetative or minimally conscious state without the agreement of a court, the Medical Ethics Alliance says;
An appeal was made to the British Medical Association in June 2018 for medical mediation in an attempt to resolve conflicts between parents and clinicians over the management of very sick or incurable children. Read more here
The Medical Ethics Alliance commends the Bambino Gesu Hospital (the Vatican's children’s hospital) for it’s charter to protect the rights of terminally ill children. Read more here
Declaration in suport of Conscientious Objection in Healthcare
25th March 2018
Lord Alton has encouraged us to sign up to Professor David Oderberg’s excellent declaration. Prof Oderburg is from Reading University. The Declaration in Support of CO in Health Care is at https://shrtm.nu/voKC
Catholic Bishops statement on 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act
"We have the highest regard for every woman who, in difficult and adverse conditions, has made the courageous decision to continue her pregnancy and give birth to her child. We thank the charities, and those who donate to them, for their solidarity and support.........
We remain gravely concerned about the legal judgements that surrounded Alfie Evan's life and death. We continue to offer our deepest condolences and assurance of our prayers to the parents of Alfie Evans. For comment and discussion of the legal ramification's you can read more here .
Care of dying children and adults. Ethics, principles and issues for law reform
For an article settling out the challenges of recent high profile cases involving children, along with an analysis of what is wrong with the law, look here.
Statement of Islamic Medical Principles.
From the Islamic Medical Association/UK
Doctors should do their best to preserve and protect the life of the patient The intention should always be pro-life and all actions should reflect that Food and fluid is a basic need for all people and it is the right of every patient. It is not allowed to withdraw food and fluid at any time except when the body is in the process of dying and food and fluid can not be used by the body. Food and fluid is a basic need and not medical treatment. read more
The M E A is a coalition of faith based and Hippocratic medical and nursing bodies which seeks to promote discussion within the medical profession and the general public on ethical aspects of medicine. It looks to the Declaration of Geneva 1948 and the Hippocratic Oath for inspiration.
We attest and affirm the humanity , dignity and rights of all people.
We work hard to suport the development and maitenance of good medical ethics, which truly suport the wellbeing and welfare of all people.