Christian GP is given warning after expressing his religious beliefs to patient

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 15 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4192
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A Christian GP who was accused of “pushing” his religion on a vulnerable young patient has been given a formal warning by the General Medical Council’s investigation committee.

Richard Scott, a partner in Bethesda Medical Practice in Margate, Kent, was said to have “crossed the line” in suggesting to the 24 year old man, whose mother claimed he was suicidal, that Jesus could help him.

Committee chairman Christopher Hanning told Scott, “During a consultation with a patient in August 2010 you expressed your religious beliefs in a way that distressed your patient. You subsequently confirmed, via national media, that you had …

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