The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has decided that, where possible, it will post consultation responses on its website. The Working Party has found the replies extremely useful and has considered all the responses.read more »
1. To identify and consider ethical, social, economic and legal issues arising from recent developments in fetal and neonatal medicine relating to prolonging life.
2. To examine scientific and medical research in these fields, considering in particular:
(b) fetal surgery
(c) neonatal care (including resuscitation)
(d) recent evidence on the capacity of fetuses and the newborn to experience pain and suffering
Critical care decisions in fetal and neonatal medicine: ethical issues was launched at a public seminar on 16th November 2006.
The first session saw Working Party members present the findings of the report. This was followed by a general discussion session.
Around 100 people attended the launch, including doctors, nurses, families, MPs and other policy makers, and representatives of disability and parent groups.read more »
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has set out guidelines on when to give intensive care to extremely premature babies. Advice for parents and doctors is provided, on a week-by-week basis, for treating babies born before 22 weeks up to those born after 25 weeks.
It is extremely rare for babies born before 22 weeks to survive. The Council recommends that intensive care should not be given to these babies at the current time, except as part of a pre-approved research study.read more »
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics today launched a consultation on the ethical issues surrounding the prolonging of life in fetuses and the newborn.read more »