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Episode 11

Sunday Morning Live, Series 4 Episode 11 of 20

Samira Ahmed and guests discuss the ethical issues of the moment, with viewers joining the interactive debate. Is there a lack of compassion in hospitals?

Guests include Liberal Democrat MP Evan Harris, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali and writer Christina Rees.

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1 hour

Last on

Sun 8 Sep 2013 10:00

This week's panellists

Joining Samira this week are Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, former Bishop of Rochester; Dr Evan Harris, former Lib Dem MP who now writes a Science Blog in Guardian; Christina Rees, Christian writer and commentator; and Zoe Margolis, blogger and author.

Do our hospitals lack compassion?

Standards of care in the NHS are under fire. The care of elderly patients is a particular concern. 

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali will argue that compassion is no longer seen as a priority in our hospitals. Do you agree with him?  On Sunday Morning Live, we ask you to decide: Do our hospitals lack compassion?  

You can vote online on this question now.

Should children be taught about pornography in school?

According to its latest research, the NSPCC says the absence of meaningful sex education in schools means the internet is warping young people’s views about relationships.

Many girls feel they have to “look and perform like porn stars” in order to be liked by boys, the NSPCC claims. 

Almost a third of pupils believe pornography dictates how they should behave in a relationship.  Claire Perry MP, one of the Prime Minister’s advisers on children, says teachers need to address the negative impact of online pornography. That's the question for our second debate this week: Should children be taught about pornography in school?

Does God have any place in public life?

This week the Girl Guides started a new oath, which  no longer makes any mention of God.  Some girl guide troops rebelled against the move before agreeing to adopt the wording. But some religious people believe the change is another example of religion being pushed out of out of public life. Our final debate this week: Does God have any place in public life?


Role Contributor
PresenterSamira Ahmed
Series EditorDave Stanford
ProducerNeil Dimmock
ParticipantEvan Harris
ParticipantMichael Nazir Ali
ParticipantChristina Rees