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Maternal rights

9 December, Preston Central Lancashire University is holding a conference, 'Maternal choice: capacity and consent in childbirth', to enhance awareness of the constraints on mothers' rights to choose birth options. Details: Donna Eland, 01772-892251.

PFI in healthcare

9 December, London 'PFI in healthcare: does size matter?' is an Institute of Healthcare Management event. Details: events department, 0171-460 7654.

Facilities management 10 December, Rotherham Sheffield Hallam University is organising a one-day workshop on 'Risk assessment in facilities management and clinical issues, including controls assurance'. Details: Louise Smith, 0114-225 4565.

PFI developments

10 December, Hull A conference for anyone involved in the development of primary care premises, 'PFI in primary care', is arranged by Acton Shapiro in conjunction with accountants Ernst and Young. Details: Christopher Acton, 01904-340100.

Primary care

10 December, Londonderry 'Primary care groups: the New NHS', a Westcare Business Services conference, looks at challenges presented by the proposed development of primary care cooperatives in Northern Ireland. Details: Ann McConnell, 01504-865112.

London's health

13 December, London The London Health Strategy conference is drawing together a wide group of expert opinion to develop the next phase of London's health strategy. Details: Glasgows, 01772-767715.

NICE life

13 December, London 'Life with NICE', an Association for Quality in Healthcare symposium, will examine the implications for patients and professionals of the Relenza decision. How will the National Institute for Clinical Excellence operate and what changes in patient care can be expected? Details: Geoffrey Bowden, 0171-495 6665.

Molecular biology

13-16 December, Coventry Warwick University's department of biological sciences is holding a short course on 'Techniques and applications of molecular biology' for medical practitioners. This will be a four-day residential course for those in the medical profession who wish to improve their understanding of the principles and applications of genetic engineering techniques.

Details: Dr Charlotte West, 01203-523540.

EU health competence

14 December, Birmingham 'The growing EU health competence: implications for health and local authorities and for NHS trusts' is a seminar organised by Birmingham University's health services management centre. It is aimed at those with little or no previous knowledge of how the EU works or of its health policies. Details: Joan Jones, 0121-414 3086.