Christian doctor faces new investigation over prayer with patients

Cara Bentley – Premier June 24, 2019

A UK doctor is being investigated by the General Medical Council (GMC) after concerns were raised about him praying with patients by the National Secular Society.

Dr Richard Scott is a Christian and GP at Bethesda Medical Centre in Margate, Kent, who says that he offers prayer to patients occasionally – estimating he offers prayer to about one in every forty patients.

The GMC, which says it protects patients and supports healthcare providers by improving medical practice, wrote to Dr Richard Scott on 7th June saying it had received “some information” from the National Secular Society and would begin a fitness to practice investigation.

The National Secular Society raised concern after someone they say was described as “highly vulnerable” by an acquaintance was made to feel uncomfortable by his use of prayer.

The NSS said: “The acquaintance told the NSS that the patient felt unable to express discomfort and was not able to raise the matter formally or change GP practice.”

Tim Dieppe from campaign group Christian Concern, which is supporting him, told Premier’s News Hour that Dr Scott always asks his patients if they’re open to discussion: “Sometimes they’re not, and that he respects that and other times they are and they engage in the conversation.

“The National Secular Society are being very aggressive in saying he should be struck-off for having conversations about spirituality once he’s done his clinical GP responsibilities in the appointment with his patients and I think that’s way over the top. He’s a very good doctor with long standing experience and what’s wrong with him talking to patients about the benefits of prayer?”

When asked if he’s aware that there are people who might not feel comfortable with prayer, Mr Dieppe said: “Of course he’s aware of that and of course he always asks permission and tries to sensitively see if people are open to that or not.

“Some of the people do say no and he respects that.”

Christian Concern also criticised the National Secular Society for hiding behind a vulnerable patient, with Mr Dieppe saying: “I think it’s somewhat absurd this vulnerable patient is now being used by the National Secular Society…to make a case to say that this doctor should be dismissed because of these alleged feelings in this alleged statement by this patient.

“I think that’s very odd that this should be taken seriously, really.”

Speaking about the power of prayer, he said: “The fact is that prayer makes a difference. The fact is we are spiritual beings as well as physical beings and if you’re showing concern for a patient as a whole person you’ll want to bring spirituality into it sometime, when you feel that that’s appropriate.

“Sometimes they’ll benefit from it and you’ll see their lives changed and impacted by prayer.

“It’s kind of crazy that they’re having an investigation on the basis of hearsay of what a patient claimed happened in a conversation. There’s no complaint about, medically, what he’s done or the diagnosis or what the clinic is offering that is just hearsay about a conversation at this stage.

“I think that really it should just be dismissed.”

In 2012, Dr Scott faced similar criticism and received a warning from the GMC for evangelising to patients.

The General Medical Council told Premier they have to investigate a doctor’s ability to practise if there are concerns made which threatens the public’s confidence in the profession.

They added that many of their investigations do not result in action and that the doctor has the opportunity to give their own comments.

The GMC aim to complete investigations within 12 months.


3 responses to “Christian doctor faces new investigation over prayer with patients”

  1. Robert Maxwell said christianity is destined for the scrap heap, he said we own it and we will kill it.
    Archbishop Donald Coggan said the church will rue the day it allowed homosexuals into the preisthood. this was done by the jews.
    the last secret of fatima was that the church would be ruined by sex perverion
    and it has been

  2. When the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, then all these things will be finished.

    Daniel 12:7

    When the devil and his children have completely shattered Christianity all the end time prophecies will be finished. Over the last hundred years the Jews have destroyed Christianity to the point that little of it remains.

    As plan after plan in the Protocols of Zion became reality after reality, Christianity was left with less and less power.

    The madness we now see in the world was planned and documented in the POZ prior to 1900. Now these plans are being executed.

    Protocols of Zion, POZ –

    Protocol 24, the last protocol, includes setting up the world dictator, King of the Jews, replacing the old Christian order with the Jew World Order.

    It looks like this “jewish messiah” will be the “man of sin” who will rule from the temple mount area at Jerusalem as shown by 2 Thes 2.

  3. Well, since Western medicine is about just treating/masking symptoms while making boatloads of money for big Pharma, insurance companies, and the quacks themselves in the process, prayer is the only hope for an actual cure for most people in the US and UK. Too few are intelligent enough to seek actual curative therapies and disciplined enough to address the root causes of their afflictions. So prayer it is.