Category Archives: Health & Social Care

Play in the 21st Century

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We affirm that humans are designed to play, to do things for sheer enjoyment. However, on reaching adulthood, many lose the joy of play (singing, hobbies, games) and trying new activities, often through busy-ness or self-consciousness. Therefore, we should try one at least one new activity a year (go mountain biking for the first time, […]

Big Pharma

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We affirm the value of scientific research and the life-saving treatments and cures that it has the ability to provide. However, the pharmaceutical industry has lost touch with the truest needs of the public, becoming more profit-driven than wellness-oriented. Collusion between big pharma and so-called independent research bodies contributes to the culture of pill-popping, countless […]

Support of Disabled People

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We affirm that all human beings are made in the image of God and thus are of great worth. We also affirm that some people face the challenge of disabilities, and for this reason they have different needs for support from society and/or different capacities to contribute to society, compared with non-disabled people. However, many […]

Welfare of All

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We affirm that all humans are God’s creation and we are called to recognise God’s image in all humans, regardless of race and religion. This is the basis of our declared values of equality, dignity and solidarity. However, these values are being undermined by recent trends creating an ‘us’ and ‘them’ mentality, seeking equality, dignity […]

Towards a sustainable health service

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Affirmation: Modern health care has achieved remarkable results, but is very expensive and increasingly unaffordable. Analysis: The notion that “Health care is a human right” is a fine-sounding political sentiment, and underlies all Western medical thinking, but is unsustainable ethically, philosophically and practically. Action: We must move away from the unsound principle that health care […]

Focus on Food

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We affirm that food is a practical extension of God’s grace, providing sustenance and nourishment for the flourishing of humanity. However, much of the food industry has become more concerned with convenience and mass production than with nourishment, contributing to the use of chemicals, additives, and wasteful packaging. Therefore, we call for greater transparency in […]

Child Sexual Abuse

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WE AFFIRM the dignity of children, the value of their unique perspective on the world, and the privilege given to us of protecting and nurturing them. HOWEVER, many societies across the world struggle with endemic levels of child sexual abuse. When uncovered, the shocking nature of such abuse often leads to offenders being dehumanised without […]

Towards parity of esteem

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We affirm that everyone should get the support they need if they have a health problem, whether it pertains to their physical or mental health. However, there is a lot of stigma, discrimination and ignorance around mental health problems, and those suffering struggle without much support. Therefore, we need a coordinated national mental health drive […]

The Hippocratic Oath

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We affirm the dignity and sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. However, the ‘consumerisation’ of dying is putting pressure on people in the medical professions to accept or even support voluntary euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, often against their values and beliefs. Therefore, we call on professional bodies representing doctors and nurses […]