Favouring young over old in Covid-19 treatment justifiable

Favouring young over old in Covid-19 treatment justifiable, says ethicist. Prof Arthur Caplan: age a “valid criterion” to use when making the “terrible choice” Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Paramedics transfer an elderly patient with Covid-19 symptoms into a hospital in Brooklyn, New York. Photograph: Braulio Jatar/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock Older people should be denied treatment for the coronavirus if a younger, healthy person needs help, according to Prof Arthur Caplan, a prominent US medical ethicist. Age, he said, was a “valid criterion” [...]

No single gene associated with being gay

No single gene associated with being gay. GETTY IMAGES A genetic analysis of almost half a million people has concluded there is no single "gay gene". The study, published in Science, used data from the UK Biobank and 23andMe, and found some genetic variants associated with same-sex relationships. But genetic factors accounted for, at most, 25% of same-sex behaviour. Advocacy group GLAAD said the study confirmed "no conclusive degree to which nature or nurture influenced how a gay or lesbian person behaves." The researchers scanned the [...]

‘Give older people legal right to live in their own homes’

‘Give older people legal right to live in their own homes’. Equalities watchdog demands changes after care home abuses. Winterbourne View was at the centre of a scandal eight years ago. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA The UK’s equality watchdog has demanded that disabled and older people should have the legal right to homes in the community rather than being forced to live in institutions. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) says concerns about social care and a shortage of suitable homes means a [...]

Girl who drowned in Bury river bullied at school, say family

Girl who drowned in Bury river bullied at school, say family. Family reject police’s view that death of Somalian refugee Shukri Yahya Abdi, 12, was an accident.  Shukri Yahya Abdi drowned in a river in Bury. Her family have rejected a police finding that her death was accidental. Photograph: MEN Media The family of a 12-year-old refugee schoolgirl who drowned in a river in Bury have called for further investigation into her death, and claimed police were not fully cooperating with them. Shukri [...]

NHS Providers says more to be done to support equality and diversity

NHS Providers says more to be done to support equality and diversity. Following the publication of a report by the General Medical Council on the disproportionate referrals of BAME doctors to fitness to practice processes, NHS Providers have called for greater efforts to be made in supporting equality and diversity. Director of policy and strategy of NHS Providers, Miriam Deakin, said: “At the heart of the NHS’ core values are respect and dignity, compassion and inclusion. We know that there is strong evidence linking [...]