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Doctors urged to give out vouchers for foodbanks

Published: 11 December 2012

The Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) is encouraging more doctors to give out vouchers for foodbanks.

In the latest edition of Triple Helix, its magazine for Christian doctors, a report by CMF member Dr Valerie Rowe asked why it seems so few doctors currently participate in the scheme by giving out the vouchers.

To receive emergency food, clients must be referred by front-line care professionals such as doctors, social workers, other healthcare professionals, head teachers, faith-workers and debt advice agencies.

According to the Trussell Trust a record number of people have received emergency food from UK foodbanks over the last six months.

Dr Peter Saunders, CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship says: 'Doctors can play a key part in distributing foodbank vouchers to hungry people. The rising cost of food and fuel combined with static incomes, high unemployment and changes to benefits, is forcing people into crisis where they cannot afford to eat. If doctors know of foodbanks in their area we would encourage them to ask to be sent vouchers to give away to needy patients.'

Notes:

Triple Helix is CMF's flagship publication for today's Christian doctor, published three times a year.

Read the full article from Dr Valerie Rowe here.

Read the latest edition of Triple Helix here.


For further information:

Dr Peter Saunders (CMF Chief Executive) 020 7234 9660
Philippa Taylor (CMF Head of Public Policy) 020 7234 9664
John Martin (CMF Head of Communications) 020 7234 9665

Media Enquiries:

Alistair Thompson on 020 3008 6063 or 07970 162 225

About CMF:

Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) was founded in 1949 and is an interdenominational organisation with over 4,000 British doctor members in all branches of medicine. A registered charity, it is linked to about 65 similar bodies in other countries throughout the world.

CMF exists to unite Christian doctors to pursue the highest ethical standards in Christian and professional life and to increase faith in Christ and acceptance of his ethical teaching.