Ethical issues in end-of-life debates: reflections on the Conway litigation

Diarise Thursday 31st May 2018  to hear Dr Clark Hobson speak at 18h00 at the next DEMLA meeting at Foot Anstey, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter.

Dr Clark Hobson is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Leicester. A ‘rising star’ in the field of medical law and ethics, prior to his appointment at Leicester University in 2017, Clark was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Birmingham, having studied for both his LLB and PhD at the University of Birmingham. His PhD thesis was entitled: ‘Interpretivism and the Four Principles Approach to Biomedical Ethics: Judicial Decision Making in Cases with an Inherently Ethical Content’, providing an integrated legal and bioethical framework to show how judges can take a more proactive attitude in dealing responsibly with the inherent ethical issues in certain medical law cases. He has also been a visiting scholar at McGill University, and the University of Virginia.

 

You may be interested to read his blog post on the Conway case and assisted suicide:

 

‘Has the UK reached a tipping point on assisted suicide?’, accessible at: https://www.bioedge.org/indepth/view/has-the-uk-reached-a-tipping-point-on-assisted-suicide/12165
‘Update from the UK: Noel Conway can challenge assisted dying ban’, accessible at: https://www.bioedge.org/indepth/view/update-from-the-uk-noel-conway-can-challenge-assisted-dying-ban/12356

 

Event is accredited for Medical and Legal CPD.

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Buffet from 17h30. Free to DEMLA members

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EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING


EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING

AND TALK: After Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board: recent developments in clinical negligence law

NOTICE IS GIVEN OF AN EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING OF DEMLA on Thursday 26 April 2018 at 18h00 at Foot Anstey, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter.

Agenda

  • Publicity and emails
  • CPD
  • Payment of fees
  • Membership data –  GDPR
  • Meetings- how often and improving attendance.
  • Organisation of the committee and encouraging membership – perhaps by setting up a student section?

There will also be a talk by  Dr Tracey Elliott (LLB (Birmingham), LLM (UCL), PhD (QMUL), Barrister (Gray’s Inn)).

Tracey Elliott is a Lecturer in Health Care Law at University of Leicester and academic consultant at 1 Crown Office Row. She joined the School of Law in 2010. After graduating from Birmingham University, and was called to the Bar and practised from 4 Paper Buildings and 9-12 Bell Yard, specialising in criminal litigation and advisory work and acting for both prosecution and defence and remains a (non-practising) door tenant at 9-12 Bell Yard. Tracey worked as a lecturer at Queen Mary University of London and as a visiting lecturer/teacher at City University, the University of Surrey, King’s College, London and the LSE and has lectured to the legal and medical professions and assisted with advocacy training at Gray’s Inn. She has also worked in Poland, lecturing to Polish judges, prosecutors and Ministry of Justice officials on the UK legal system. Her PhD thesis examined the development and use of the justification of necessity in medical law and her current research projects relate to the treatment and care of vulnerable adults and those who lack capacity. She has several publications to her name including an interesting one titled “Pursued by the ‘fat police’? The obesity ‘epidemic’ and the criminal law”, which is a chapter in A.M. Viens, J. Coggon and A. Kessel (eds.), Criminal Law, Philosophy and Public Health Practice, CUP.

Event is accredited for Medical and Legal CPD.

To book click on events or email events@demla.org

Buffet from 17h30. Free to DEMLA members

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Public Health Policy and the Ethics of the Long Game


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Public Health Policy and the Ethics of the Long Game

Diarise Thursday 15th March 2018  to hear Professor John Coggon speak at 18h00 at the next DEMLA meeting at Foot Anstey, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter.

Professor John Coggon is Chair in Law at the University of Bristol and Director of the Centre for Health, Law and Society.

Professor Coggon’s research focuses on the relationships between politics, morality, and health law and policy. His central research focus on public health ethics and law began in 2007 with a British Academy funded postdoctoral fellowship “Making Laws on Public Health: Regulation of Responsibilities and Freedoms”. He is an internationally acknowledged leader in the field, having produced seminal research and being involved in international research collaborations.

Probably his most influential work is the book ‘What Makes Health Public? A Critical Evaluation of Moral, Legal, and Political Claims in Public Health’ (Cambridge University Press, 2012). The book has received praise from Professor Lawrence O. Gostin, who wrote in its foreword that it will be “a classic in the field of public health ethics – an essential reference point for scholars, students, and policy-makers.” The book has also been commended by the British Medical Association , and in reviews published in the Medical Law Review and Public Health . Beyond this, Dr Coggon has published co-edited collections concerning global and public health, and is author on a range of chapters and papers examining big theoretical questions in public health ethics and law, as well as examining particular practical questions, such as the regulation of tobacco, ‘lifestyle diseases’, and matters of health care policy.

Professor Coggon has presented his work at many meetings nationally and globally. He has given lectures on public health ethics and law to students at Georgetown University, the University of Oxford, and the Erasmus Summer School on Health Law and Ethics, and delivered a public lecture on the subject at McGill University. In February 2018, Professor John Coggon was one of five speakers in an event hosted by the Health Foundation. Framed as ‘The X Factor for Evidence for the Public’s Health’, each speaker had the opportunity to make a pitch about how evidence—systems of knowledge—from their respective discipline might serve policy agendas to protect and promote the public’s health. The proceedings were chaired by Health Foundation governor and BBC Education Editor, Branwen Jeffreys, chaired the proceedings, with speakers making their pitches to a panel comprising Merle Davies, Director of the Centre for Early Child Development, Richard Horton, Editor of The Lancet, Ilona Kickbusch, Director of the Global Health Centre, and Ed Whiting, Director of Policy and Chief of Staff at the Wellcome Trust.

Event is accredited for Medical and Legal CPD.

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Buffet from 17h30. Free to DEMLA members

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What must we tell the patient? Information disclosure and truth telling post Montgomery

 

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What must we tell the patient?

Information disclosure and truth telling post Montgomery

Diarise Thursday 12 October 2017 to hear Dr Tracey Elliott (LLB (Birmingham), LLM (UCL), PhD (QMUL), Barrister (Gray’s Inn)) speak at 18h00 at the next DEMLA meeting at Foot Anstey, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter.

Tracey Elliott is a Lecturer in Health Care Law at University of Leicester and academic consultant at 1 Crown Office Row. She joined the School of Law in 2010. After graduating from Birmingham University, and was called to the Bar and practised from 4 Paper Buildings and 9-12 Bell Yard, specialising in criminal litigation and advisory work and acting for both prosecution and defence and remains a (non-practising) door tenant at 9-12 Bell Yard. Tracey worked as a lecturer at Queen Mary University of London and as a visiting lecturer/teacher at City University, the University of Surrey, King’s College, London and the LSE and has lectured to the legal and medical professions and assisted with advocacy training at Gray’s Inn. She has also worked in Poland, lecturing to Polish judges, prosecutors and Ministry of Justice officials on the UK legal system. Her PhD thesis examined the development and use of the justification of necessity in medical law and her current research projects relate to the treatment and care of vulnerable adults and those who lack capacity. She has several publications to her name including an interesting one titled “Pursued by the ‘fat police’? The obesity ‘epidemic’ and the criminal law”, which is a chapter in A.M. Viens, J. Coggon and A. Kessel (eds.), Criminal Law, Philosophy and Public Health Practice, CUP.

Event is accredited for Medical and Legal CPD.

To book click on events or email events@demla.org

Buffet from 17h30. Free to DEMLA members

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AGM and Talk on Overcoming Barriers in Complex Transplantation

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Devon and Exeter Medico-Legal Association (DEMLA) will be held on Thursday 13 July 2017 at 18h00 at the Offices of Foot Anstey, Southernhay, Exeter.

All Members are invited to attend the AGM.

This will be followed by a talk by Dr Pankaj Chandak who is a surgeon who pioneered the use of 3D printing in paediatric kidney transplant surgery.

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The event is kindly being hosted at Foot Anstey, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter with buffet from 5.30pm. £30 for non-members, free for members. Full membership subscription £40.

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The uncertain prognosis of cancer

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What do we mean by “survival”?

What or when is a cure?

Diarise Thursday 22  June 2017 to hear Professor David RADSTONE (Consultant in Clinical Oncology and Curator of the Devon & Exeter Medical Society Museum)  speak at 18h00 at the next DEMLA meeting at Foot Anstey, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter.

Professor David RADSTONE first qualified in comparative law in France, then a law degree at Keele and was then a solicitor in London. The latter financed his medical training at The London, which he then followed with registrar training in London and Oxford culminating in the gold medal at the FRCR. He was subsequently Professor in Sheffield and moved to Exeter in 2006.

Event is accredited for Medical and Legal CPD.

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Buffet from 17h30. Free to DEMLA members

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Why we need a Bill to bring back the NHS

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Diarise Thursday 17 November 2016 to hear Prof. Allyson Pollock speak on Why we need a Bill to bring back the NHS at 18h30 at a joint DEMLA / DEMS meeting at the Lecture theatre, RILD Building, Exeter Medical School, RD&E Wonford site.

The NHS Reinstatement Bill proposes to fully restore the NHS as an accountable public service by reversing 25 years of marketisation in the NHS, by abolishing the purchaser-provider split, ending contracting and re-establishing public bodies and public services accountable to local communities. On 13th July 2016, the NHS Reinstatement Bill was successfully presented in the House of Commons, by Margaret Greenwood, Labour MP for Wirral West. The Bill is scheduled for its second reading on 4th November 2016.

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Prof Allyson Pollock is professor of public health research and policy at Queen Mary, University of London. She set up and directed the Centre for International Public Health Policy at the University of Edinburgh from 2005 to 2011, and prior to that she was Head of the Public Health Policy Unit at UCL and Director of Research & Development at UCL Hospitals NHS Trust.

She trained in medicine in Scotland and became a consultant in public health medicine in 1991. Her research interests include globalisation; privatisation, marketisation and PFI / PPPs; health services; regulation and trade; pharmaceuticals and clinical trials; and childhood injuries.

She is the author of NHS plc and co-author of The New NHS: A Guide

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Event is accredited for Medical and Legal CPD.

To book click on events or email events@demla.org

Free to DEMLA members. £30 for non-members. Full membership subscription £40.

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Venue Lecture theatre, RILD Building, Exeter Medical School
Address RD&E Wonford
Exeter England EX2 5DW, GB
Starts Thu Nov 17 2016, 6:30pm GMT
Ends Thu Nov 17 2016, 8:00pm GMT
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Legal reform

Diarise Thursday 23 June 2016 to hear DEBORAH EVANS speak at 18h00 at our next meeting which is a joint meeting with APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers). This will be at Foot Anstey, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter.

Deborah Evans will be covering various topics regarding the legal reform.

  • Small claims reforms
  • Removal of the right to claim compensation for whiplash claims
  • Accreditation of medico legal experts
  • The future for Medco and portal co
  • Fixed costs in clinical negligence claims and capping of expert costs
  • Noise induced hearing loss claims – the proposals for the future
  • Fixed costs in PI claims up to £250k

Deborah is the chief executive of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). She is not a lawyer, but has more than 20 years’ experience working in the legal sector in management roles. Deborah has an MBA from Nottingham Trent University. Deborah is an alternate director for Portal Co, the organisation responsible for the running of the RTA portal, and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Personal Injury Law (JPIL).

Deborah is actively involved in campaigning on legal reform, with a strong grasp of the impact of policy changes on both injured people and firms. She is keen to drive innovation in the delivery of legal services, and maintain the quality of advice given by APIL members at the highest levels.

The event is kindly being hosted at Foot Anstey, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter with buffet from 5.30pm. £30 for non-members, free for members. Full membership subscription £40.

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Might you want to kill yourself?

Might you want to kill yourself?

How can we choose whether you will be allowed access to the means to kill yourself? 

How can lawyers and doctors best respond?

These thought provoking dilemmas are some of the intruiging  questions being considered at the talk by Dr Jim Gilbert from Hospiscare at the upcoming DEMLA meeting on Thursday 19 May 2016.

The event is kindly being hosted at Michelmores Solicitors, Woodwater House, Pynes Hill, Exeter, Devon, EX2 5WR with buffet from 5.30pm. £30 for non-members, free for members. Full membership subscription £40.

To book click on events or email events@demla.org