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Doctors and theologians

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 22 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1143

There is abundance in religion but scarcity in the NHS

  1. Peter Davies, general practitioner principal (
  1. Alison Lea Medical Centre, East Kilbride G74 3BE
  2. The Elmcroft Surgery, Harrow HA2 6HL

    EDITOR—Neuberger compares the NHS with a theological institution.1 However, a minister of religion draws on an abundant and freely and universally available source of love, morality, and strength. This abundance is celebrated every week in churches up and down the country and contrasts with the scarcity and poverty of earthly existence. God is not rationed.

    As a doctor who is a Christian working in a secular organisation I have to deal with problems of earthly scarcity. The British public may believe that the NHS is the best health service in the world but this is a sign of ignorance of …

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