New BBC Radio 4 programmes ask who decides to amputate a diseased foot? – Doctor or patient?

This is just one of the dilemmas examined by a medical ethics expert in a fascinating afternoon of BBC Radio 4 programmes, beginning with a drama and concluding with a discussion of the issues raised.

Some landmark legal cases turn on a careful balancing of the rights of the patient being treated and those of either society or sometimes the state.


Drugs cut need for surgery for Crohn’s disease sufferers by more than half

The requirement of bowel surgery is dramatically reduced by up to 60% in patients who develop Crohn's disease if they receive prolonged treatment with drugs called thiopurines, says a new study.

Crohn’s affects more than quarter-of-a-million people in the UK leading to an inflamed intestine.Researchers from St George’s, University of London and Imperial College, London, monitored more than 5,000 patients in the UK living with Crohn’s disease for more than 20 years and looked at the effect of thiopurine drugs that suppress inflammation in the gut.


New £1.2m project launched to speed up introduction of drugs

Researchers at St George’s, University of London will help build a £1.2m data system which will develop ways to quickly identify patients best suited to clinical trials.

The Semantic Data Platform for Healthcare Project (SEMCARE), will help build a data system that will improve how vital data from pioneering clinical trials is used, allowing patients quicker access to new drugs and treatments. The project will determine which volunteers are best suited to a given trial by using clinical criteria such as: age, gender, diagnosis, symptoms and lab results. 

St George’s improves ranking in Stonewall’s 'Top 100 Employer' Index 2014

St George’s, University of London has climbed 26 places in a league table of organisations demonstrating a commitment to lesbian, gay and bisexual staff (LGB) equality in the workplace.

Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index is Britain's leading tool to measure employers progress in tackling discrimination and creating inclusive workplaces for lesbian, gay and bisexual employees.


Patients with learning disabilities become ‘invisible’ in hospitals, says study

Hospital patients with learning disabilities face longer waits and mismanaged treatment due to a failure to understand them by nursing staff, says a new report.

In one case, a patient who had problems making herself understood was accused of being drunk by hard pressed hospital staff.