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Opening up the interface of Christian faith, medicine, nursing and health.

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Opening up the interface of Christian faith, medicine, nursing and health.

    Assisted Suicide & Euthanasia

    Assisted Suicide & Euthanasia

     Welcome to the first episode in the latest series of CMF's ist incision podcast. We've been away for quite a few months, but there is a lot to talk about, and we start with an issue that remains at the top of the news.

    Every few weeks we see another headline about assisted suicide. Someone with a serious illness has been to Zurich to die at the Dignitas clinic, complaining that they should be able to choose when and how they die in the UK, but the law won't allow it. Polls show that the majority of the British population would like people to have that option. And politicians and celebrities campaign for changes in the law to allow this.
     
     Why should this not happen? Why have changes to the law on helping someone to end their own life when they are already dying or suffering not happened yet in Britain?
     
     In today's first incision I am talking to Gordon McDonald, the CEO of Care Not Killing, a campaign group opposing a change to the law on assisted suicide and euthanasia, and Dr Mark Pickering, CEO of the Christian Medical Fellowship and a prison GP.

    For more details about Our Duty of Care (ODOC) see ourdutyofcare.org.uk

    CMF has run a number of blogs on end-of-life issues, as well as other resources on our website.
     


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    • 54 min
    Season 6 finale

    Season 6 finale

     This is the last episode in our current season of 1st incision. And we thought it would be good to revisit some of the diverse range of issues we have discussed since we began our sixth season of the podcast in April.

    In the last four months, we have looked at everything from God's concerns for our everyday lives and how we can have a positive impact in the lives of colleagues and patients through God's work in and through us. We have considered the way the UK treats refugees and asylum seekers and how, as Christian health professionals we can stand for godly values and justice even when the law and society are going in the opposite direction.

    We have heard about Parish nursing as an ancient form of Christian ministry being restored to the church today, and about vaccines and vaccine hesitancy. And above all, about how we can find confidence in a God who is with us through all the storms and chaos that we face, especially in a time of global crisis such as we find ourselves today.

    We will be back in the autumn, so until then, thank you to all who have contributed to its season, thank you for listening, and thank God for making it all happen!

    See you in September!


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    • 24 min
    Freedom of conscience

    Freedom of conscience

    As medical technology advances and the values at the heart of our society change, health professionals can often find their own values clashing with the demands of clinical specialties and employers. Whether that is being involved with abortions, new fertility technologies, or end of life care decisions, we may all, regardless of faith or other beliefs and values, find ourselves asking 'should I really be doing this?'
    Freedom of conscience has long been a cherished value in our culture and our health professions, but it is increasingly coming under attack. We are told we should do whatever the patient needs, whatever our personal ethical and conscience problems may be.
    Today, I am talking with Melody Redman and Mark Pickering about this increasingly fraught topic, and looking at why conscience matters, how we develop and inform our conscience and how we practically and thoughtfully live and work with our colleagues, patients and leaders in line with our values and without violating our consciences.

    Resources:
    CMF File 39 - the doctor's conscienceCMF Blogs on conscience issuesA Guide to Christianity for NHS employersReligion, morality, ethics, and war [for reflections on 'moral injury']GMC - GMC Personal beliefs and medical practiceNMC - Conscientious objection by nurses, midwives and nursing associates


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    • 39 min
    Healthcare for refugees and asylum seekers

    Healthcare for refugees and asylum seekers

    The treatment of people fleeing war, persecution and poverty has had a lot of coverage in the news and has been a major issue in referendums and elections in the UK and other nations for many years.
     Is this an issue that should concern us, both as Christians and health professionals? What are the issues, and how do we address them?
     In this episode, Steve Fouch will be talking with Dr Becky McFarlane about her work in providing healthcare to refugees and asylum seekers in Glasgow.

    Becky and Steve refer to several resources that can help you engage with the issues raised in the podcast:


    The No Accommodation Network (NACCOM) at https://naccom.org.uk/The Doctors' of the World safe surgeries toolkitWelcome Churches - no refugee aloneJubilee-PlusCMF & Integritas Health + Justice TrackCMF Refugee & Asylum Seekers Health course CMF Brief on healthcare charging in the UK for people with insecure immigration status

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    • 31 min
    Heaven in healthcare

    Heaven in healthcare

    In this edition, Dr John Greenall discusses with Dr Pete Carter of Heaven in Healthcare a diverse range of topics about health, healing, and how our understanding of heaven and what it means to be whole in Christ affects our attitudes towards medicine, miracles and God's healing in our lives. We also talk about disappointment when fervent prayers for healing seem not to be answered, and about how prayer can be offered as a complementary therapy on the NHS!
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    • 33 min
    A Whole Life Disciple: A bigger gospel?

    A Whole Life Disciple: A bigger gospel?

    Over the last three weeks, 1st incision has presented the main talks from the 2021 CMF National Conference on 24 April. In last week's episode, Mark Greene of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity looked at how we can live as a whole-life disciples of Jesus, shaping the culture in the everyday world. 
     In this, the final talk in the series, he asks why we so often think that what we do in our homes, workplaces, at the school gate, and in our neighbourhood does not matter to God? Why do we have a hierarchy of what counts 'spiritual' work in our minds? Drawing from Colossians 1:15​-20 & 3:17​, 23-24,  Mark Greene explores what it means to be a disciple of Christ in the mundane, day-to-day aspects of our lives.
     You can learn more about the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity at licc.org.uk
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    • 30 min

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