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Doctor in UK could lose job for talking to patient about Jesus
Published on 24 May. 2011 1:09 AM IST
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A Christian doctor in Britain is facing the threat of being struck off after he discussed Christianity with a patient. Richard Scott, 50, a Cambridge-educated GP, was placed under official investigation for talking to a patient about Jesus, but he said it was worth the risk if he could “make a stand” for his faith, stated ANI. Scott, who used to be a medical missionary and surgeon in Tanzania and India, has refused to accept a formal warning from the General Medical Council, which said he risked bringing his profession into disrepute by discussing Christianity.
He is preparing to appeal against the censure, even though he has been warned this could result in him being struck off.
Scott insists no guidelines were breached as religion was mentioned only during a “consensual discussion between two adults” after he had carried out a thorough and lengthy consultation with a patient last year at his Christian-orientated practice in Margate, Kent. The father of three, whose wife Heather, 50, is also a doctor, is fighting to have the formal warning removed from his unblemished record, saying that he acted professionally and within the medical regulator’s guidelines. The complaint against him had been made by the mother of the 24-year-old patient, who was described as “in a rut and in need of help”.
Scott had told him that faith in Jesus could give comfort and strength, and when the patient’s mother came to know, she complained that the doctor “pushed religion” on her son, who nevertheless continued to receive treatment from the practice.
“The GMC decided to take the complaint seriously, which I feel is an injustice,” the Daily Mail quoted Scott, a lay preacher, as saying.
“They said that by speaking about my faith I had abused my position and potentially exploited vulnerable patients.
“The patient didn’t indicate that they were offended or wanted to stop the discussion. If that had been the case, I would have immediately ended the conversation.
“By appealing against the decision, it will go to a public hearing where the GMC may warn me or decide to take matters further. But it is worth the risk, as I wanted to do this because there is a bigger picture. But Niall Dickson, chief executive of the GMC, said the guidance is clear. “Doctors should not normally discuss their personal beliefs with patients unless those beliefs are directly relevant to the patient’s care,” Dickson said. insensitive expression of religious, political or other beliefs or views,” he stated.

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