Following the news issued today (June 14) that the GMC have upheld the complaint against Margate GP, Dr Richard Scott of inappropriately discussing his Christian faith during a consultation with a patient. The Right Reverend Trevor Willmott, Bishop of Dover, has issued this statement:
“Dr Richard Scott is a highly respected Doctor who has provided excellent care to patients in a Christian GP’s practice in Margate for many years. In an age where society is increasingly seeking answers to difficult questions, it is disappointing that a Christian Doctor is being punished for offering spiritual and pastoral insight that could help a patient. Dr Scott is entitled to his Christian views and it is wrong to expect a doctor to turn off those views when caring for a patient.”Ends
Further information from:
Emily Shepherd, Director of Communications, Canterbury Diocese 01227 459 401, 07876
210 446, firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes for editors:
The GMC verdict can be found at: http://www.gmc-uk.org/news/13333.asp
The Bishop of Dover has delegated oversight for the Diocese of Canterbury, which stretches from Margate to the Isle of Sheppey and from Maidstone to the Romney Marsh.