Doctor Alexandra Mullock is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Law at The University of Manchester’s School of Law, and writes for us today on the legal background and future implications of Ian Paterson’s recent convictions for unnecessary and damaging surgeries. The Paterson case has significant implications for the principle that non-fatal surgical violations are exempt from […]
Drive for openness in donor conception – what impact on family relationships?
Dr Petra Nordqvist argues that openness about donor conception can cut at the heart of family relationships and is a process that needs to be managed sensitively Donor conception is becoming increasingly common. It is estimated that, to date, 35,000 children have been born through donated egg, sperm and embryos in the UK. Statistics from […]
What should responsible innovation look like in our society?
The emerging concept of responsible innovation is already taking hold in science policy and governance, writes Jonny Hankins. He argues for a multi-faced approach that emphasises reflexivity, involves public engagement from the outset and brings on board social scientists. The phrase ‘responsible innovation’ is cropping-up ever more frequently in policy documents in the UK, Europe […]