Here’s a detailed overview from the National Secular Society about the latest claims of victimisation of Christians (Christian Legal Centre goes into bully mode as doctor claims religious persecution) that I blogged about recently. Apparently the doctor’s practice requires to to actively opt-out from their evangelising. This is even openly stated on an NHS website. Isn’t that in itself something for the GMC to investigate?
The Telegraph outlines a case where a Kent GP pushes christianity at his patients (Doctors can be Christians, too) – the mother or one of his patients objected to his pushing his religion:
All he did was to share his conviction that a commitment to the Christian religion could be one element that contributed to a recovery from illness (my emphasis). If the patients objected, or made it clear that they did not like the turn of the conversation, he dropped the topic.
The dear old Telegraph appears to think this complaint is unreasonable – at least if the GMC plan to take action, which they appear to. It isn’t, the actions of this GP seem to me to be unreasonable – at least if the Telegraph’s report is in any way accurate. Any road, (according to the Freethinker) the GP is apparently refusing to accept censure by the GMC and is taking the case to the Christian Legal Centre (the people who appear to have inexhaustible funds to support unwinnable cases on behalf of aggrieved christians) – though there’s no mention of their website. That’ll be the end of that, I guess.
It doesn’t stop the Telegraph from spouting the irritating old canard that christians are unfairly treated in comparison to other religions.
Yawn. This isn’t a case of someone professing a faith and being punished for it. It’s actually a case of someone acting unprofessionally – to claim that a commitment to christianity (and presumably not any of the other odd belief systems in the world) aids recovery is, it seems to me, most unwise as medical advice!