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Applying utilitarianism to the presumed consent system for organ donation to consider the moral pros and cons

Utilitarianism is, in essence, a consequentialist theory that rests on the fundamental premise that the morally preferable action is that which produces the most good overall—it is associated with...

Strategies to enhance applications to postgraduate nursing programmes

Ever since the passing of the Nurses Registration Act in December 1919, leading to state registration for appropriately trained nurses, there has been a shortfall in the number of nurses needed to...

Independent review seeks to tackle obesity and other diet-related diseases

The report seeks to radically change both the way we eat and what we eat. Although obesity is high on its agenda, this is not its only goal—it is wide reaching and references the government's Climate...

Strategies and policies to tackle the problems associated with long COVID

In many respects the pathological morbidities associated with long COVID resemble those of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Some of the most common...

The new Care Quality Commission inspection procedures

The CQC was created in 2009 following the merger of three regulatory organisations: the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection, the Commission for Social Care Inspection and the Mental Health...

The importance of investing in early years health and social care

Early childhood is defined by Unesco as the important period in a child's life from birth to aged 8 years. The first 5 years prior to a child entering primary school education are especially crucial...

Should SARS-CoV-2 vaccination for all frontline healthcare staff be compulsory?

The UK is a liberal democracy, a system of government within which individual rights and freedoms are recognised and protected, and the exercise of political power is limited by the rule of law.

Providing mental health support for children and young people in schools

Undoubtedly the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions it has placed on normal childhood activities is responsible for a raft of serious threats to child mental health. Children by nature are...

Have the NMC educational standards become overly adult-centric?

Undergraduate nursing programmes in the UK are currently designed to prepare students for registration with the NMC in one or more of the four fields of nursing practice. The NMC specifies that all...

An obesity strategy to reduce COVID-19 morbidity and mortality

Rates of obesity in the western world have been steadily increasing since the 1980s. In the UK, as elsewhere, this rise is projected to continue (Agha and Agha, 2017). Obesity is now one of the...

Do not attempt resuscitation decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic

End-of-life care decisions have featured prominently in the popular and professional press in recent years. For example, readers will remember the demise of the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP), which had...

Do we need a unified uniform policy?

‘Contact with several NHS professionals in a hospital and non-hospital setting can sometimes feel confusing, frequently due to not knowing who does which role.’ .

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