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Independents' Day

Be sensitive to the beliefs of Christians

'Treating Christian patients' (October 20) aimed 'to outline Christian belief systems impacting on care' but left the impression that members of the various protestant and independent churches, who together make up 90 per cent of the Christian population, do not have beliefs about such important topics as family planning, abortion, sexuality and issues at the end of life.

The article appropriately covered issues important to Catholics but then devoted an inordinate amount of space to Jehovah's Witnesses, who deny core Christian beliefs such as the deity of Christ.

The result was an article that will not help GPs be sensitive to the beliefs of most Christian patients.

It would also have been helpful, alongside the Guild of Catholic Doctors, to mention the Christian Medical Fellowship, which has more than 5,000 Christian doctors and 1,000 medical students as members and which regularly publishes on issues at the interface of Christianity and medicine

(see website

Dr Peter Saunders

General Secretary

Christian Medical Fellowship


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