In the latest eNewsletter, we drew to members' attention the BMA ARM agenda items on safeguarding spiritual care for patients. The story has attracted significant media coverage, mainly featuring CMF member Bernadette Birtwhistle who has been asked by the BMA to propose the following composite motion:
* 368 Motion by THE AGENDA COMMITTEE:
(Sheffield Division has been asked to propose this motion)
Contrary to some claims reported in the media, this motion has not been 'orchestrated by a small group of evangelical activists', but is a genuine grass roots response to cases like that of Caroline Petrie.
Please follow the links to the generally sympathetic media coverage:
Doctors want right to talk faith
BBC News - June 28
Doctors want right to pray for patients without fear of reprisal
Daily Mail - June 29
Doctors: 'Let us pray for patients'
Guardian - June 29
'In hospital, you can't farm out religion as if it were catering'
Telegraph - June 29
Debate: prayer for patients
Times online - July 01
Steven Fouch (CMF Head of Communications) 020 7234 9668
Alistair Thompson on 07970 162 225
Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) was founded in 1949 and is an interdenominational organisation with over 5,000 doctors, 900medical and nursing students and 300 nurses and midwives as members in all branches of medicine, nursing and midwifery. A registered charity, it is linked to over 100 similar bodies in other countries throughout the world.
CMF exists to unite Christian healthcare professionals to pursue the highest ethical standards in Christian and professional life and to increase faith in Christ and acceptance of his ethical teaching.