Monthly Archives: October 2010

Community Treatment Orders and the Mental Health Act

In a report published yesterday the use of Community Treatment Orders (CTOs) was scrutinised for the first time by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the regulatory body charged with (among other things) overseeing the implementation of the Mental Health Act. … Continue reading

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All screening programmes do harm. Some do good as well. What about breast cancer screening programmes?

A few weeks ago I attended the European Society of Medical Oncology conference in Milano. One of the sessions was dedicated to the pros and cons of breast cancer screening. Karsten Jørgensen, of the Nordic Cochrane Center in Copenhagen, played … Continue reading

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Home Birth – follow up

I recently posted on home-birth here, and lamented that “the myth that home birth is irresponsible and dangerous, and that safe birth can happen only in the hands (or instruments? or power?) of the medical profession, will have gotten another, … Continue reading

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