Cookie policy notice

By continuing to use this site you agree to our cookies policy below:
Since 26 May 2011, the law now states that cookies on websites can ony be used with your specific consent. Cookies allow us to ensure that you enjoy the best browsing experience.

This site is intended for health professionals only

At the heart of general practice since 1960

Beliefs always affect our practice

Well done for printing the opinion piece by Dr Richard Scott arguing in favour of the use of religion in general practice.

In the spirit of ‘I am Spartacus', I feel the GMC needs to investigate not just Dr Scott, but myself and hundreds of colleagues. We all have beliefs – humanist, atheist, Christian, Muslim or otherwise – and these inevitably have an impact on our daily practice.

The only question is whether we are aware of these beliefs and handle them openly and professionally, as Dr Scott seems to have done, or delude ourselves that we have no beliefs.

The humanist Taliban appear most prone to this particular self-delusion.

Patients come to see doctors who are humans, not robots. That humanity includes their religion.

The GMC has very strict guidelines about how a doctor's belief should be handled (see the GMC's Personal beliefs and medical practice).

There doesn't appear to be any evidence that he has broken these. Simply that he was open about his beliefs and tried to help the patient.

The GMC requires us to report colleagues who are unfit to practise to the GMC for investigation.

Should I be sending in my name and all those I know?

From Dr Matthew Shaw,
Reading

Rate this article 

Click to rate

  • 1 star out of 5
  • 2 stars out of 5
  • 3 stars out of 5
  • 4 stars out of 5
  • 5 stars out of 5

0 out of 5 stars

Have your say