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A core issue here is that religion is stepping into medicine again (remember the medieval ages, anyone?), as exemplified by the recent Scottish ruling in favour of Catholic midwives (and by extension to doctors). There seems to be no mention/discussion of how introducing religious beliefs into healthcare delivery conflicts with the Hippocratic oath, given the recent events in Ireland. This also possibly indicates Western paternalism rearing its ugly head again by simply looking at Christian beliefs - what would happen, for instance, if ultra-religious Hindu and Muslim doctors/nurses started refusing to work with prosthetic bovine/porcine material needed to cure patients - would we return to a 'medical' Sepoy Mutiny?
Finally, if we are indeed 'putting patients first'- notwithstanding the Francis Report - what about the beliefs of the patient?