The rightwing Christian group and the battle over end-of-life care – podcast

Medics treating critically ill babies and children are citing instances of “considerable moral distress” that they say is being caused by the actions of a rightwing Christian group involved in several end-of-life court cases.

The Guardian’s north of England editor, Josh Halliday, tells Hannah Moore that while the Christian Legal Centre is not be a household name it has become highly influential in high-profile end-of-life cases in recent years.

The CLC has been part of legal action representing the parents of Charlie Gard, Alfie Evans and Archie Battersbee among others.

A court of appeal judge last year expressed “profound concern” about the use of “manipulative litigation tactics” in the case of Indi Gregory, a critically ill baby girl who died on 13 November after a legal battle over her treatment.

For the medics involved in the care of patients in these circumstances, it can be exceptionally difficult. Tim Stevens, an NHS nurse, explains the kinds of pressures such cases can exert.

A Great Ormond Street sign outside the children's hospital in London

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