Tag Archives: conscience

The GMC’s new guidance on ‘Personal Beliefs and Medical Practice’ – how effectively does it address our concerns?

The General Medical Council published its new guidance on‘Personal Beliefs and Medical Practice’ (PBMP) earlier this week. This was one of ten supplementary documents accompanying its core Guidance ‘Good Medical Practice’ – all of which were released on the same day. Last year I outlined […]


Speaking out for truth and justice – a Christian responsibility

Speaking out for truth and justice is just one of many responsibilities we have as Christians. But I suspect it is the one that we most willingly shirk, simply because it can be so costly. Being a Christian is costly in many ways. It is […]


Catholic midwives appeal court ruling forcing them to supervise abortions

Two Roman Catholic midwives who lost a legal battle to avoid taking part in abortion procedures have launched an appeal at the Court of Session. The outcome of the case will be crucial in defining the scope of the conscientious objection clause in the 1967 […]


Reprimanded by the GMC for sharing faith with a patient – Dr Richard Scott

On 14 June the General Medical Council’s Investigation Committee reprimanded a Christian doctor who shared his faith with a patient at the end of a private consultation. They ruled that his actions ‘did not meet the standards required of a doctor’. Dr Richard Scott (pictured) […]


Doctors who won’t prescribe contraception to unmarried women or provide sex-change operations risk being struck off, says GMC

Doctors who refuse to prescribe contraceptives to unmarried women or refuse to provide sex-change operations risk being struck off the medical register according to new draft guidance issued by their regulatory body. The new draft guidance from the General Medical Council, ‘Personal beliefs and medical […]