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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

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.

Call to secularise NHS chaplaincy services

Call to secularise NHS chaplaincy services

Posted: Wed, 08 Oct 2014

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.

Hospital chaplains largely unaffected by cuts to NHS frontline services

Hospital chaplains largely unaffected by cuts to NHS frontline services

Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2013

New research into the number of hospital chaplains being paid for out of the National Health Service funds shows that since 2009 the number of chaplains has remained largely the same.

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

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

Posted: Fri, 01 Feb 2013

"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.

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

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.

USA enacting more and more legal restrictions on abortion

USA enacting more and more legal restrictions on abortion

Posted: Wed, 09 Jan 2013

In 2012, 19 states in the USA enacted 43 provisions that "sought to restrict access to abortion services," according to the Guttmacher Institute.