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Hospital chaplaincy units show bias towards Christianity

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 09 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:626
  1. Aziz Sheikh, professor of primary care research and development (,
  2. Abdul Rashid Gatrad, consultant paediatrician,
  3. Usman Sheikh, research assistant,
  4. Sukhmeet Singh Panesar, medical student,
  5. Shuja Shafi, consultant in public health
  1. Division of Community Health Sciences: General Practice Section, University of Edinburgh EH8 9DX
  2. Department of Paediatrics, Manor Hospital, Walsall WS2 9PS
  3. Research and Documentation Committee, Muslim Council of Britain, London E15 1NT
  4. Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ
  5. North West London Hospitals Trust, Harrow HA1 3UJ

    EDITOR—The Human Rights Act 1998 and the Patient's Charter place a legal responsibility on public bodies to ensure the rights of individuals to religious observance.1 2 Concern has, however, been expressed that access to spiritual care in hospitals for those of non-Christian faiths is limited.3 We therefore conducted a national survey of hospital chaplaincy units.

    We randomly selected 100 NHS hospitals …

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