Oxygen clinic staff to take stand when chiropractor faces court over dead client

SMH, 16 November 2017
Author: Adam Cooper
“Staff at an oxygen therapy clinic that claimed to offer cures for HIV and cancer and was caught up in the Essendon doping saga are to take the stand when their boss faces court over a client’s death.”
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Clarke v Nursing and Midwifery Council [2017] NSWCATOD 163

Decision date: 15 November 2017
“Nursing – appeal against interim conditions on registration – failure of practitioner to undertake performance assessment on health grounds – failure to undertake requested health assessment – condition imposed not to practice – condition imposed to undertake health assessment – whether conditions appropriate for the protection of the public or otherwise in the public interest.”
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Investor group warns U.S. farm antibiotic policy lagging

Reuters, 15 November 2017
Author: Lisa Baertlein
“The United States is falling behind Europe in the fight to curb the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in meat production and experts are warning of the possibility of dangerous drug-resistant “superbug” infections as a result, according to a new report on Tuesday. The World Health Organization (WHO) says the farm sector consumes around 80 percent of all medically important antibiotics in some countries.”
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Voluntary assisted dying bill defeated in NSW upper house

SMH, 16 November 2017
Author: Sean Nicholls
“State MPs have voted down a bill to introduce voluntary assisted dying laws in NSW following a full day of emotional debate. The bill was defeated in the Legislative Council by 20 votes to 19 in a vote that took place just after 11pm on Thursday.”
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GPs to seek legal advice over smartphone appointment service

BMJ 2017; 359: j5292
Author: Gareth Iacobucci
“GPs’ representatives are to seek legal advice in a bid to challenge the rollout of a service offering “virtual” GP consultations to patients by smartphone. An emergency motion passed by England’s local medical committees has demanded that the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee seek “urgent legal advice regarding the options available and the potential for a judicial review” to challenge the introduction of the GP at Hand service, which is being piloted in west London.”
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Parents reach settlement with IVF clinic after sons were born with genetic condition Fragile X syndrome

SMH,13 November 2017
Source: AAP
“The parents of two boys with an intellectual disability say they can move on with their lives after reaching a settlement with a Sydney IVF clinic. Leighee Eastbury sued Australian IVF provider Genea, formerly known as Sydney IVF, after failing identify she was a carrier of the Fragile X syndrome.”
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U.S. top court to hear fight over California pregnancy center law

Reuters, 14 November 2017
Author: Larence Hurley
“The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether a California law requiring private facilities that counsel pregnant women against abortion to post signs telling clients how to get state-funded abortions and contraceptives violates free speech rights.”
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Health Care Professionals and Law Enforcement

NEJM, 8 November 2017
Author: Arthur R. Derse
“Health care professionals generally have a respectful, sometimes even friendly, attitude toward law enforcement. We may feel we’re on the same team as the police when we’re treating victims of crime, and police may be called to protect us from people who seek to harm us in the hospital. Some health care professionals in emergency departments or intensive care units may have frequent interactions with police officers who are investigating alleged crimes. But the relationship may be profoundly tested when health care professionals refuse demands from law enforcement that conflict with what we understand to be our professional obligations.”
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