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In 2007, the revised International Health Regulations (IHR)1 came into force for 194 World Health Assembly Member States which had agreed 2 years earlier in 2005 to implement substantial reforms to ensure cooperation and timely response in the event of a public health emergency. Since then, Swine Flu influenza (H1N1), the international spread of wild poliovirus, Ebola, and Zika have each been declared public health emergencies of international concern as defined under the revised IHR.

There have also been emergency committees convened by the Director-General of the WHO, under the auspices of the IHR, to discuss the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS, 2013) and the Yellow Fever outbreaks (since 2016) with no declaration of a public health emergency for either outbreak.

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This special issue brings together a selection of articles that critically assess the concepts of ‘proper medical treatment’ and ‘conscience’ and the interplay between them. They contribute to a growing and important body of literature which assesses medical professionals’ attitudes towards particular medical practices.

Particularly controversial practices, such as abortion and end of life decision-making, are often viewed as challenging the boundaries of proper medical practice.

Indeed, it is often in these areas that claims of conscience come to the fore Medical Law International is an international peer reviewed journal that seeks to in law and medicine, and the Editors welcome new papers that fall within the The EU General Data Protection Regulation: How will it impact the regulation of .

Conscientious provision is sometimes used to describe the provision of treatments whose legality is ambiguous, while conscientious refusal is often claimed as a protection for refusal to provide treatments whose legality is clear. The articles in this special issue use these sites of controversy as a way of igniting analysis and drawing the themes in the issue together.

They consider medical practice in relation to abortion, and consider how conscience and the concept of proper medical treatment can and should operate more broadly and in other areas of health care.

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Utilising the UK's new Health and Social Care Act as a starting point from which to assess the post-2012 health environment, this special edition brings together an eclectic mix of traditional medical law specialists with those from an increasing number of cognate disciplines. Crucially the papers in this edition contribute to existing health law discourses by considering the dynamic between health as a social good and as a marketable commodity and the impact of that dynamic on vulnerable patients.

Questions are inherently raised about whether the 2012 Act goes too far in conceiving of health as a competitive opportunity and whether it is premised on an archaic understanding of healthcare providers.

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In addition to the regulatory landscape, the ethical dimension is considered in the context of vulnerable patients and within a broader understanding of vulnerability which extends to include everyone: who may participate in trials; who will take medicine; and who inevitably will age. Finally, the impact of the 2012 Act on traditional medical law areas such as clinical negligence is considered to round off an understanding of healthcare as an issue which has much to learn from other disciplines.

"Mental health provision has been the focus of intense political and policy debate for a considerable time; with law reform finally arriving in the shape of an amendment act - the Mental Health Act 2007.

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2010 has been an eventful year in the life of the debate about assisted dying.

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Now, rather than aiding and abetting, counselling or procuring the suicide of another', a defendant will be liable if she intentionally does an act capable of encouraging or assisting the suicide or attempted suicide of another person. Soon after the General Medical Council (GMC) published new guidance on medical decision-making at the end of life, Treatment and Care Towards the End of Life.

Applicable explicitly within the existing legal framework, these guidelines locate the patient at the centre of end-of-life decision-making and operate according to presumptions in favour of prolonging life and that each individual patient has the capacity to decide for herself.

At the back end of the year, virtually as this editorial was going to press, a new ‘pressure' group was launched 4 Oct 2013 - Do I qualify for discounts/tax credits when buying health insurance? (In fact, most legal immigrants must have coverage by 2014, unless they .

Healthcare Professionals for Change supports the wider campaign aims of that favour greater patient choice at the end of life based on the conviction that people ought not have to suffer against their wishes and should therefore, within appropriate safeguards, be able to choose an assisted throughout the year, news reports featuring assisted dying cases and debates have appeared regularly in the media.