Doctor Under Investigation Could Lose License to Practice Medicine for Praying with Some PatientsA doctor in the UK is being investigated by the General Medical Council (GMC) because a complaint was made against him for praying with his patients. Dr. Richard Scott is a General Practitioner at Bethesda Medical Centre in Margate, Kent. Dr. Scott states that he only prays with about one out of every 40 patients, and that he always asks for their permission first. Of those he asks, about 90% accept, and the ones who do not, he respects their right to refuse. The complaint to the General Medical Council was allegedly not made by any of his patients, but by an "acquaintance" of one of his patients, who then worked with The National Secular Society (NSS) to lodge the complaint. The NSS allegedly wrote that a "highly vulnerable patient" was uneasy with the use of prayer during a consultation. NSS chief executive Stephen Evans reportedly confirmed that the complaint came from someone known to the patient rather than the patient themselves.
Doctor Under Investigation Could Lose License to Practice Medicine for Praying with Some Patients
It's a sad day indeed, when a doctor is proscribed from offering ALL avenues of healing to his patients, simply because those in power are somehow "threatened" by some of those avenues' use. Prayer has been studied and shown, scientifically, to have positive, healing effects; why deny that to persons simply because some few don't like it? Asking God to guide the hands, and minds of one's doctors is also a wise practice, since He created our bodies and knows all the "quirks" each of them has, something an individual doctor can't possibly know. This gentleman was OFFERING, not forcing, anyone; and a simple no was sufficient to stay him from praying over the patient or with him. That's the same free will choice God offers each of us. To offer a possible life line to a "drowning" person is considered a good deed; why is it when that person is "drowning" in his own emotional baggage, and the life line offered is Christianity, suddenly it's somehow "evil"? No one is FORCED to grab a life line that's thrown out. It's an offer, nothing more.