Christian doc is being probed for foisting religion on patients

Christian doc is being probed for foisting religion on patients June 24, 2019

THE  UK’s General Medical Council (GMC) is reportedly investigating a GP who allegedly brought his Christian faith into consultations with patients.

Dr Richard Scott, 58, has “involved a spiritual angle” for patients with depression, anxiety or addition over the past two decades.

Dr Richard Scott photographed at an anti-assisted dying protest in London. Image via Facebook.

Now Scott, above, could face disciplinary action by the GMC and could lose his job following complaints that he made a patient feel uncomfortable while praying. He is also being investigated by NHS England.

The National Secular Society (NSS) complained to the GMC in May that a “highly vulnerable” patient felt:

Discomfort at the use of prayer.

Steven Evans, the NSS Chief Executive, said that the allegations had been made by someone who claimed they were an acquaintance of the patient.

Scott, who runs a surgery called the Bethesda Medical Centre in Margate, Kent, cares for almost 20,000 patients. He claimed that he was shocked that a fitness to practice inquiry had been launched by the GMC as opposed to:

A chat or gentle discussion. They are kowtowing to aggressive secularism. Public safety is what they are there for [but] they are suddenly turned it into a big case.

He added that he also asks his patients for their permission to introduce elements of faith into his consultation and only does so at the end “after the standard Western medicine”.

The NSS complaint cites a formal warning which Scott received by the GMC in 2012 “for expressing his religious beliefs in a way that distressed a ‘psychologically troubled’ patient. He told the patient that:

The devil haunts people who do not turn to Jesus’.

Since then, he has received three informal complaints and one minor written complaint.

Scott added:

The NSS is obviously gunning for me – and would like me to lose my job because they don’t like me. Well, to be honest I don’t like them but I am not gunning for them to lose their jobs. They think I am irresponsible and dangerous and I would say the same about them.

He maintains that his behaviour is vindicated by the World Health Organisation, which includes spiritual alongside physical and mental wellbeing, alongside scientific evidence that faith benefits health.

A spokeswoman for the GMC said that it was not permitted to share details of an investigation but that the watchdog has:

A duty to investigate if a complaint or concern raises issues about a doctor’s ability to practise safely or threaten [sic] public confidence.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

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  • Brianna LaPoint

    Britain. i expect this from america

  • Duncan R. Bryson

    Oh we’ve got them here too but, from what I’ve read etc, not as many (%age wise) and generally not as extreme. Don’t know the details but a recent survey for Humanists UK indicated a little over 50% identified as non religious while 40% (total) indicated Christian. Humanist Society Scotland, in a survey for them, indicated 59% non religious and under 40% Christian.

  • Les Seavor

    This persecution of a doctor for offering spiritual counselling to his patients is reprehensible. Strange that NHS England does not investigate psychotherapists, even though studies reveal that they do far more harm than good. The vile NSS produces this alleged complainant for the sole purpose of attacking Christianity because they hate Christianity. I’m minded of past secularists of a similar bent. Fortunately, the NSS doesn’t have the power of Robespierre, Lenin, Stalin, Mao and all the other atheists who massacred Christians in the name of atheism.

  • WallofSleep

    “Dr Richard Scott, 58, has “involved a spiritual angle” for patients with depression, anxiety or addition…”

    Which deity does he invoke for subtraction?

  • WallofSleep
  • phatkhat

    If I saw that… creature … walk into an examination room, I’d get up and run! He’s downright scary/creepy.

  • Ann Kah

    People do not contact a physician for “spiritual counseling”. There are churches for that.

  • larry parker

    This persecution of a doctor for offering spiritual counselling to his patients is reprehensible.

  • Cozmo the Magician

    How many DEGREES does he have in medicine? I’m guessing less than 90.

  • larry parker

    Acute sense of entitlement.

  • Thanks4AllTheFish

    “…all the other atheists who massacred Christians in the name of atheism.”

    Oddly enough none of those people killed Christians in the name of not believing that God exists. They killed them because of the organised competition against them being a despot. Nice try tho.

  • barriejohn

    Ironic when you consider that it was our “Christian faith” that contributed in a significant way to us actually suffering from anxiety and depression!

  • Dana W

    What if we want real help and not imaginary friends?

  • EllyR

    The deity of proper spelling…

  • EllyR

    Nobody can do anything in the name of atheism. Things are done in the name of a deity not the lack off one. Keep your primitive beliefs to yourselves and nobody will be ‘persecuted’.

  • Zetopan

    Way, way, way too acute!

  • Broga

    “The devil haunts people who do not turn to Jesus’.

    His brain has been fogged by religion. He is surprised that the National Secular Society “is gunning for me”. I hope so. He is unfit to practice medicine with his bizarre beliefs.

    I suppose he would be outraged if an atheist doctor started to try to persuade patients to become atheists.

  • Brian Shanahan

    Aww is the poor widdle snowflake sad now that they have to be the same as everybody else?

  • Broga

    Keep clear. Her supreme objective is to persuade you to accept what is unacceptable i.e. irrational, nonsensical.

    If you don’t accept her bulllshit she turns up the volume and says you “are full of hate.” Not much turn the other cheek there.

  • A. Noyd

    If Agent Smith from the Matrix had a kid with a wrinkly old n​uts​ack, it would look exactly like this guy.

  • johnsoncatman

    I hope you reported the therapist to the practice/hospital/professional organization for professional misconduct.

  • zenlike

    It doesn’t take that much empathy to understand that for someone who doesn’t believe the christian god exists, christianity literally cannot offer any hope. The concept is simply nonsensical for us.

    I don’t understand that someone who clearly has a lack of empathy (in the sense of, the capability to understand the thoughts of others) chose to become a therapist. Then again, I also don’t understand why she simply didn’t become a preacher, because that is apparently what she really wants to do.

  • Jim Jones

    > Christian doc is being probed.

    That’s a reversal!

  • Jim Jones

    But they still don’t go to church!

  • sweeks
  • rubaxter

    Wow, my first on thefreethinker!

  • Dana W

    I’ve been an atheist since the 80’s. I know it well. But thank you. 🙂

  • Dana W

    I have not yet. But I’m back with my old therapist and she wants me to.

  • Les Seavor

    Dr Scott has helped many patients with their mental health problems but a rabid atheist hate-group invents this person who allegedly “felt uncomfortable” in a vindictive attempt to have this great humanitarian struck off. I wonder where the NHS would find a replacement, given the sharp fall in the number of doctors willing to be GPs?

  • HairyEyedWordBombThrower

    A psychologist is NOT supposed to project his/her biases on the patient, but use PROVEN therapeutic techniques.

    Prayer is NOT a proven therapeutic technique for anything except allowing the person praying to feel better while doing NOTHING in reality.

  • HairyEyedWordBombThrower

    Spiritual ‘counseling’ is WORSE than useless, as it excludes any segment of the population that doesn’t believe the particular doctor’s hateful fairy tale.

  • HairyEyedWordBombThrower

    Being a doctor pays MUCH better, and actually has prestige for the good the medical profession does.

  • HairyEyedWordBombThrower


  • Barry Duke

    The National Secular Society a rabid atheist hate-group? Get real. As a member of the NSS for almost 50 years, I can tell you that statement is a far from the truth as Pluto is from Earth. It exists solely to advance secularism by insisting that religion is kept out spheres where it has no place – like GPs’ consulting rooms, hospitals, parliament other such places. Hence the word “secular” in its name. Who’s the real moron now?

    “He overcame the disease with prayer and faith”. Prove it! The past President of the NSS Terry Sanderson has recently overcome cancer, and I can tell you not a whisper of a prayer ever passed his lips. He owes his recovery to modern medical science and not to silly Christian woo.

  • phatkhat

    He overcame the disease with medical treatment. FIFY. Prayer may have made him feel better, but it did NOT cure cancer.

    I looked him up. He looks only slightly less creepy in “healthy” pics. It’s the predatory eyes that so many radical Xtians have.

  • phatkhat

    I have had therapists who tried to get “spiritual” in sessions. Yes, I was uncomfortable. I got a different therapist and complained to the medical service. Now one of my first questions of a prospective therapist goes like this. “I’m an atheist. Is that okay with you, or are you going to bring god into our conversation? If so, I will not waste your time or mine.”

  • Dana W

    Bets if he prayed and didn’t go to the doctor we wouldn’t be having this conversation now?

  • Dana W

    He shouldn’t be preaching at people who don’t want to be preached at.

  • Dana W

    Bets they never answer this one?

  • persephone

    There are still diehard believers who are freaking out over the secularization of society. They’re probably still angry that people aren’t being fined or put in the stocks for not attending church.

  • persephone

    I’m sorry, little snowflake, but you’re going to melt if you stay here much longer. Time to move on.

  • 24CaratHooligan

    30 years ago I was refused the contraceptive pill by a religious doctor who also threatened to tell my parents… this was in rural Shopshire and I was f*ckin terrified…

  • 24CaratHooligan

    Nobody hates Christianity you swivel-eyed loon. We do however have a thing for narrow-minded christian bigots who foist their unnecessary rules on everyone around them. He is not a qualified spiritual advisor, his beliefs are just that. HIS beliefs. Maybe I should tell you if you don’t worship my Goddess you will be afflicted with a great griping of the guts and spend eternity in Niflheim?

  • 24CaratHooligan

    That word is only offensive in certain cultures… Brits use it all the time and it has no racial overtones.

  • Raging Bee

    “They are kowtowing to aggressive secularism,” say the folks who aggressively shove their prayers and beliefs into non-religious interactions.

  • Raging Bee

    Wow, that really sucks that you have to give trigger warnings to your therapists. That’s about as bass-ackwards as it gets.

  • Raging Bee

    Your cherry-picking of a tiny handful of off-topic comments proves once again that your average Christian apologist is a coward.

  • Raging Bee

    …studies reveal that [psychotherapists] do far more harm than good.

    Citation required.

    Also, name me ONE atheist who “massacred Christians in the name of atheism.”

  • Raging Bee

    Looks like you win that one…

  • phatkhat

    Well, I do live in the Bible belt. There is Xtian stuff EVERYwhere, Xtians predominate, and everyone assumes you are Xtian until you say you are not.

  • Thanks4AllTheFish

    I’ve been waiting for you, Les. I still have $476.96 worth of Amway products that you purchased back in 2018 and you still haven’t picked them up or paid for them.Can I count on you to honor your obligations?

  • John_St_John

    Don’t hesitate, do so immediately.