Chaplains

The NHS spends millions of pounds employing religious chaplains. There are no paid non-religious chaplains, which clearly discriminates against the non-religious 50% of the population.

There is a strong argument that all "chaplains" should be voluntary, with Humanist chaplains represented proportionately.

Patients are sometimes approached by religious chaplains against their will. Most patients do not know that Humanist chaplains even exist.

The chaplaincy team is run by the religious for the religious. There is even a postgraduate degree in chaplaincy.

More worrying is the NHS Spirituality Strategy which is involving chaplains in the treatments of the mentally ill (see forum link below).

Our local development volunteer Andrew Edmondson represented the BHA at a conference on the new so-called Sprituality Strategy, hosted by the NHS Sussex Partnership. He met with several West Sussex chaplains and put the case for inclusion of Humanist chaplains. He also gave extensive feedback to the authors of the new strategy. You can read more about this conference and the spirituality strategy in the forum.

Read more about chaplains on the BHA website.

 

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