NHS Could Provide Atheist Chaplains

Hospitals may have to provide atheist chaplains, according to new NHS guidelines published last week.

The guidance uses the term ‘chaplain’ to refer to “non-religious pastoral and spiritual care providers”, and claims that patients’ experiences are “enhanced by ensuring either religious or non-religious pastoral support is available”.

The guidance, outlining “good practice in chaplaincy care”, replaces a 2003 document and takes into account the Equality Act 2010, which says “religion includes a reference to a lack of religion”.




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