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Thursday 5th November 2015

"Them and Us" no longer: mental health concerns us all

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Three days ago, a new campaign to increase funding for mental health services was announced, and received the backing of several public figures, including politicians, comedians, actors, and sportspeople who have experienced mental health issues in one form or another. The campaign, equality4mentalhealth, was launched by MPs Norman Lamb, Alastair Campbell, and Andrew Mitchell.
Date:
Thursday 5th November 2015
Thursday 29th October 2015

Is it time for the UK to reconsider its definition of recurrent miscarriage?

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Currently, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) defines recurrent miscarriage as three or more consecutive losses, but is considering whether or not to change this definition.The issue is contested and it remains to be seen whether UK guidelines will follow suit in the near future.
Date:
Thursday 29th October 2015
Thursday 22nd October 2015

A "New Departure"? The legal bases of UK drone strikes in Syria

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Meeting to mark the first anniversary of the publication of the Birmingham Policy Commission on 'The Security Impact of Drones', discussion at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Drones was dominated by the UK's controversial Reaper strike against two UK nationals in Syria this summer. Cameron's decision to justify this action on grounds of self-defence of the UK was recognised as making a distinct break from previous UK rules of engagement.
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Thursday 22nd October 2015
Thursday 15th October 2015

Humanitarian crisis in Calais refugee camp needs urgent political attention

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The European refugee crisis, including the attempts of people to reach Britain from Calais, has dominated the news for several months, with the main focus being on security concerns and border controls.However, there is another humanitarian crisis unfolding in Calais, where around 3,000 people are living in conditions detrimental to their health, and which fail to meet the standards recommended by global authorities.
Date:
Thursday 15th October 2015
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