Observations Lobby Watch

Christian Medical Fellowship

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4586 (Published 20 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4586
  1. Jane Cassidy, freelance journalist
  1. janecassi2{at}googlemail.com

What is it?

The Christian Medical Fellowship was formed in 1949, its mission to unite and equip Christian healthcare professionals. Its members include more than 4000 doctors and around 1000 medical students in the United Kingdom.

Abortion, palliative care, and new technologies in medicine are all important topics for the fellowship. Members regularly engage in media debate to promote pro-life and anti-euthanasia arguments.

But it is the question of how Christian doctors share their faith with patients that is currently causing the most controversy. A fellowship member, Richard Scott, is challenging a formal warning from the General Medical Council for speaking about religion to a patient. He is taking his case to a full hearing, supported by the Christian Legal Centre.

The Kent general practitioner was sent a warning letter by the …

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