Posted: Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:53
The independent pharmacists' regulator has approved new standards governing the role of religion in pharmacy services, in a move welcomed by the National Secular Society.
Posted: Tue, 07 Mar 2017 08:19
The National Secular Society (NSS) has responded positively to a consultation on new guidelines for pharmacists which prioritises patients' healthcare needs over pharmacy professionals' religious views.
Posted: Wed, 04 Jan 2017 13:57
New professional standards being consulted on by the General Pharmaceutical Council will emphasise the rights of patients, rather than pharmacists who refuse to dispense medicines for religious reasons.
Posted: Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:31
Secularists have urged the General Pharmaceutical Council to ensure that pharmacists set aside their personal religious beliefs if they conflict with a patient's medical needs.
Posted: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 10:37
A High Court judge has ruled against a devout Muslim who wanted his children circumcised, finding that the boys should be able to make the choice themselves in a judgement welcomed by the Secular Medical Forum.
Posted: Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:00
A Pentecostal Christian accused of "harassment and bullying" against a junior colleague has had her appeal against an employment tribunal ruling dismissed.
Posted: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:01
A report leaked to the Guardian has exposed extraordinary risks taken with the health of female patients by forcing them to undergo unsafe miscarriages.
Posted: Thu, 05 Nov 2015 11:04
A gay vicar who claimed that his bishop had discriminated against him by denying him a post as a hospital chaplain has lost his claim at an employment tribunal.
Posted: Thu, 15 Oct 2015 15:57
Doctor Antony Lempert of the Secular Medical Forum (SMF) has strongly criticised an NHS Trust for advertising a "Spiritual Healer" post to work with breast cancer patients.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Judge rules seriously ill teenager should receive treatment involving “blood products” against mother’s religious objections
Posted: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:37
A High Court Judge has ruled that doctors can administer "plasma exchange treatment" to a seriously ill teenager after the boy's mother objected on religious grounds.