1. Skip to content

National Secular Society

Challenging Religious Privilege

Tags: Healthcare

Concerns after protests force closure of abortion clinic

Concerns after protests force closure of abortion clinic

Posted: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:24

The National Secular Society has joined others in expressing concern after an abortion clinic was apparently forced to close after "intimidating protests."

Religious chaplaincy costs NHS £23.5 million a year

Religious chaplaincy costs NHS £23.5 million a year

Posted: Wed, 08 Jul 2015 16:16

Figures published in the Independent have revealed that NHS Trusts spent over £23 million on religious chaplaincy in the last financial year – the equivalent cost of employing 1,000 new nurses.

Secular Medical Forum warns that new Conscientious Objection Bill threatens provision of patient care

Secular Medical Forum warns that new Conscientious Objection Bill threatens provision of patient care

Posted: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:11

Secular doctors have voiced serious concerns about the Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill, which had its first reading in the House of Lords on 4th June 2015.

Tribunal to rule on Gay clergyman refused NHS chaplaincy job because he is in same-sex marriage

Tribunal to rule on Gay clergyman refused NHS chaplaincy job because he is in same-sex marriage

Posted: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:10

A Bishop stripped a Church of England clergyman of the licence needed to take a hospital chaplaincy job because he is in a same-sex marriage.

New NHS guidance requires hospitals to provide pastoral care to non-religious

New NHS guidance requires hospitals to provide pastoral care to non-religious

Posted: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:26

New guidance published by NHS England will require hospitals in England to consider the needs of non-religious patients by ensuring they have access to appropriate pastoral care.

Christian GP who performed exorcism on patient is struck off

Christian GP who performed exorcism on patient is struck off

Posted: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:12

A Christian GP has been struck off after he took a mentally ill patient to his church to perform an exorcism, and told her she would be cursed if she reported him.

Christian doctor performed exorcism on patient, tribunal told

Christian doctor performed exorcism on patient, tribunal told

Posted: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:48

A Christian GP took a mentally ill patient to his church to perform an exorcism, and told her she would be cursed if she reported him, a medical tribunal has heard.

NSS welcomes Supreme Court ruling on abortion objection case

NSS welcomes Supreme Court ruling on abortion objection case

Posted: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:05

The Supreme Court has overturned a ruling on the case of two Catholic midwives. The nurses had claimed the right not to "delegate, supervise and support" staff who were involved in abortions.

Christian psychiatrist given official warning after forcing her religious beliefs onto vulnerable patients

Christian psychiatrist given official warning after forcing her religious beliefs onto vulnerable patients

Posted: Thu, 06 Nov 2014 13:10

A psychiatrist has admitted distributing "unsolicited religious material" to her patients, including leaflets and links to religious websites. Dr Antonia Johnson received a formal warning, which will stay on her record for five years.

Call to secularise NHS chaplaincy services

Call to secularise NHS chaplaincy services

Posted: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 13:10

Secularists have criticised new NHS England chaplaincy guidelines for failing to adequately recognise the needs of patients who do not identify with a religious faith.

Head of Polish hospital dismissed after refusing abortion on religious grounds

Head of Polish hospital dismissed after refusing abortion on religious grounds

Posted: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:40

The head of a Polish public hospital has been dismissed for refusing on religious grounds to carry out an abortion on a woman whose unborn baby suffered from serious malformations.

MPs urge action on Crisis Pregnancy Centres

MPs urge action on Crisis Pregnancy Centres

Posted: Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:48

MPs are calling on Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to regulate Crisis Pregnancy Centres following evidence that at least 38 nationwide abortion advice centres have misled vulnerable women.

Council of Europe under pressure to reconsider its resolution condemning male circumcision

Council of Europe under pressure to reconsider its resolution condemning male circumcision

Posted: Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:02

According to a report in the Times of Israel, the Council of Europe is to revisit last October's resolution which stated that the ritual circumcision of young boys violates their basic human rights.

Scottish NHS Trust pays £30,000 to Catholic Church for last rites service

Scottish NHS Trust pays £30,000 to Catholic Church for last rites service

Posted: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:21

It was revealed this week that a Scottish NHS trust is paying the Catholic Church £30,000 a year to provide "out-of-hours spiritual care", largely to ensure that dying patients receive the last rites.

Woman claims Catholic pharmacist made her “feel like a murderer” when she asked for morning after pill

Woman claims Catholic pharmacist made her “feel like a murderer” when she asked for morning after pill

Posted: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:19

The General Pharmaceutical Council is conducting a misconduct hearing against a Polish Catholic pharmacist, who allegedly told a woman that she was "plotting murder" after she asked for the morning after pill.

New guidance for doctors on personal beliefs in their professional life

New guidance for doctors on personal beliefs in their professional life

Posted: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 16:47

The Secular Medical Forum (SMF) has raised several concerns following the publication of updated GMC guidelines for medical practitioners – which include updated guidelines on Personal Beliefs and Medical Practice.

Secular Medical Forum challenges Ed Miliband’s support for religious circumcision

Secular Medical Forum challenges Ed Miliband’s support for religious circumcision

Posted: Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:08

The Secular Medical Forum has condemned Ed Miliband's recent support for the ritual genital cutting of children and called on the labour leader to rethink his stance on the issue.

Experts say “drop the religious opt-out” for pharmacists

Experts say “drop the religious opt-out” for pharmacists

Posted: Fri, 01 Feb 2013 06:36

"Conscience clauses" that permit religious pharmacists to refuse to dispense emergency contraception or the "morning after" pill are unsatisfactory and should be dropped, say experts.

Sheffield hospitals plan to charge for non-medical circumcision

Sheffield hospitals plan to charge for non-medical circumcision

Posted: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:53

NHS Sheffield's Clinical Commissioning Group has proposed to make families who want their sons to undergo non-medical male circumcision pay for the procedure. Each operation costs about £1,000.

Catholic midwives try to extend the “conscience” exemption in Abortion Act

Catholic midwives try to extend the “conscience” exemption in Abortion Act

Posted: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:06

Two Scottish Catholic midwives who didn't want to supervise staff who carried out abortion procedures have appealed to the Court of Sessions after their arguments were rejected in a judicial review last year.

  • Page:
  • 1
  • 2