Conference: Regulating Healthcare: The NHS at 70

8 November 2017

Date: Friday 12 January 2018, 09:00 – 17:00
Venue: University of Liverpool London Campus, Finsbury Square

This one-day symposium explores the current challenges facing the NHS including: the role of competition, accountability, the cost of ‘lifestyle’ diseases and the capacity of public regulatory arrangements to ensure that services benefit patients.

Workshop: Old Markets, New Markets: Health Law after the 2012 Act

7 June 2013

Date & Venue

27 June 2013
School of Law Sheffield, UK

Workshop Summary

  • 30 specialist speakers and discussants
  • Access to papers and resources
  • Time to network and share your research
  • Lunch and refreshments included


Panel 1: International experiences of markets in health

Panel 2: Markets and market failures – a more domestic perspective

Panel 3: Impact on vulnerable groups

Panel 4: Capacity building post the 2011 Report (Innovation, Health and Wealth) and 2012 Act

Panel 5: Medical malpractice in a post-2012 context

Book your place on-line today

Standard Rate – £75.00 | Student Rate – £50.00

Discussion: Distributive Justice

25 March 2013

Hippocrates’ Cave Discussion: Distributive Justice -The ethical challenges of health care practitioners

Wednesday 3rd April 2013, 8.00pm

The Kings Arms, 190 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 9PN

This event is part of HIPPOCRATES’ CAVE, a pub philosophy group: A place to relax and idle in debate over a friendly drink, organised by David Munns. The event is for aspiring medical philosophers and ethicists.

Debate: NICE and infertility treatment

25 March 2013

You are invited to attend the Progress Educational Trust’s FREE public debate ‘NICE TRY…BUT IS ANYONE LISTENING?‘ at London’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on the evening of Tuesday 16 April 2013. This event is taking place from 6.30pm-8pm, and is sponsored by the British Fertility Society.

The debate will see speakers including DR JAMES KINGSLAND (President of the National Association of Primary Care) and DR YACOUB KHALAF (Director of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust’s Assisted Conception Unit) debate the key changes that have recently been made to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)’s Clinical Guideline on Fertility.

The provision of fertility services on the NHS has fallen short of the standards set by NICE’s original 2004 fertility guideline. The updated guideline expands the range of people who may be eligible for NHS-funded treatment, giving hope to those who may previously have been denied treatment on grounds including age or having a same-sex partner. These hopes may be dashed, however, if the current provision of fertility treatment does not improve.

This debate will consider the current levels of access to treatment in England, as well as the finer detail of the updated fertility guideline and what the future holds. If you should like to attend, please RSVP by email at sstarr [at]

In addition to being invited to attend the 16 April event, you are also invited to respond to an online poll about donor conception which forms part of its Wellcome Trust supported project ‘WHEN IT TAKES MORE THAN TWO’.

The poll contains six questions (all of which were suggested by audiences at the Progress Educational Trust’s last three public events) and takes only a few minutes to complete. All responses will be anonymous.

Summer School in Health Law and Ethics

23 March 2012

The Erasmus Observatory is proud to announce the Annual Summer School on Health Law and Ethics in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In a two-week period, from 18th of June until 29th June 2012, various aspects of health law and ethics will be taught. The course is designed to enhance the preparation of health professionals confronted with legal and ethical issues. Phd and Master students in this field are also welcome to participate. The course focuses on both theoretical and practical aspects of health law and ethics.

The topics of this year are:
Week 1: Human Rights & Health, Essential Medicine, Bioethics and the Law
Week 2: Sexual & Reproductive health, Health Care Rationing and Global Health Law

Registration is open now!

Debates: inter-medical school debates on issues in medical ethics

15 March 2012
  • Should Somatic support be prolonged for a brain dead woman who is 23 weeks pregnant until the foetus can be safely delivered with a good chance of survival?
  • Should a 15 year old be allowed to refuse chemotherapy?
  • Should a non UK resident be provided with dialysis funded by the NHS?

Come and hear debates on these and other issues at the inaugural inter-medical school ethics debating competition on Wednesday 28th March, 5 – 7.30 in the Burroughs Room, Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE.

The judging panel includes:

Dr Marika Davies, Medico-legal adviser, MPS, Dr Julian Sheather, Ethics Manager, Medical Ethics Department, British Medical Association and Dr David Misselbrook, Dean of Royal Society of Medicine

Refreshments kindly provided by Wellcome

RSVP: Dr Carolyn Johnston, Adviser Medical Law and Ethics, King’s College London, carolyn.johnston [at]

Doctoral positions: Global effects of resource allocation, legal and cultural factors on end of life decision making in paediatric critical illness

27 January 2012

Dr David Inwald, Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Intensive Care at Imperial College (and KCL MA Medical Ethics and Law alumnus), is looking for potential PhD students to investigate “Global effects of resource allocation, legal and cultural factors on end of life decision making in paediatric critical illness”. If interested please contact Dr Inwald at d.inwald [at]

TV: heart transplants

10 October 2011

Exposure, ITV1, Monday, 10 October 2011, 22:35-23:35, available for 30 days after broadcast via the ITVPlayer

From the ITV Press Office: “HEART HOSPITAL, a one-hour documentary for ITV1’s new ‘Exposure’ strand, investigates the worsening crisis in the availability of donor hearts in Britain.

With intimate access to the heart transplant team at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital – one of the largest transplant centres in Europe – this revealing film follows three patients and their families as they find themselves on the long and uncertain road towards a life-saving operation, and provides a rare opportunity to witness complex heart transplant surgery.

The stories of these three men reveal the human impact of the critical shortage of donor hearts. As leading heart surgeon Professor Robert Bonser says: “Living under that shadow of uncertainty is a haunting experience”.

Professor Bonser has led the heart transplant service at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for 21 years, During his career, he’s performed more than fifteen thousand heart operations, including 250 heart transplants. He has seen the number of transplants carried out in the UK drop by two thirds to less than 100 each year.

He says in the film:“Over the years we have developed therapies that could help many more patients with advanced heart failure. The tragedy is we don’t have enough donor hearts to treat everybody and to fully utilise all these possibilities.

“We have patients in critical care who are dying in front of our eyes as we are urgently waiting for a heart.”

The problem is set to escalate. Almost a million people in the UK have heart failure and a similar number have damaged hearts but don’t yet know it. With the obesity epidemic and increased life expectancy, the number is likely to rise in coming years.

Meanwhile, more advanced emergency medicine and improved road safety mean fewer young people are dying and becoming donors. Older donor hearts are more often found to be unsuitable, and half of the hearts available to the transplant team at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital have to be rejected because they are not safe to use.

At the age of 25, Rhys Llewellyn from Aberdare is facing up to the fact that his congenital heart condition has deteriorated and a heart transplant is now his only option. His youthful optimism shines despite his worsening symptoms, but as a string of serious complications begin to take their toll, he admits, “It’s never easy to heart that your heart is in a mess, no matter how many times I have heard it. I kidded myself that I was feeling better and that things would improve. But it’s better to know.

“I hope I’m suitable for a transplant. if my body is not suitable there’s nothing I can do. I don’t want to think about death, but even if your head sometimes forgets, your body doesn’t.”

The film follows Rhys as he undergoes the series of vital tests to determine whether he can be put on the waiting list for a transplant.

Bill Proctor, 62 from Stoke, has suffered heart problems for 15 years, with no known cause. He is dependent on intravenous drips to induce his heart to beat. Without a transplant, he will die within weeks. During his unpredictable journey on the waiting list, he veers between hope, fear and sadness: “It’s very strange waiting for a heart. You’re thinking all the time. Waiting and wondering – who’s the poor unfortunate that’s got to pass away to make me live.”

The film follows Bill as he eventually has transplant surgery, and on the road to recovery.

Fit and healthy father of four Andy Dutson from Hereford recently suffered a massive heart attack of unknown cause. Two thirds of his heart was left scarred and his other organs began to shut down but he cannot remember his ordeal. As he slowly gets to grips with the shock of potentially needing a new heart, his wife Bev adjusts to the dramatic change to their family’s life together: “He just wasn’t anything like the person that I knew and lived with – that’s the hardest bit because you don’t know if you’re going to get him back.”

While surgical advances and more sophisticated anti-rejection drugs have expanded the incredible potential of heart transplantation, can doctors find the organs to save their patients’ lives in time?”

TV: 23 Week Babies: The Price of Life

7 March 2011

Wednesday 9 March 2011, 21:00-22:00 on BBC Two, available after broadcast via the iPlayer

“Babies born four months early – in the 23rd week of pregnancy – exist on the very edge of life. A few go on to become the ‘miracle babies’ of glossy magazines, but most die. Award-winning director Adam Wishart has unprecedented access to the babies born in such extreme prematurity on a Birmingham neonatal unit, and asks the difficult question: is it always right to keep them alive?”

Radio: primary care in England

6 March 2011

Doctors in Charge

BBC Radio 4, File on Four, available now via the iPlayer

“Success of the Government’s proposed NHS reforms in England rests on family doctors. GPs will be responsible for commissioning treatment for their patients, and managing the £80 billion NHS budget. But how much do we know about the effectiveness and value for money offered by doctors in General Practice? Gerry Northam reports.”