Should doctors be penalized for sharing their faith with patients?
This is the question that many are pondering following a doctor's reprimand by the General Medical Council (the governing body that regulates medical professionals practicing in the United Kingdom). Dr. Richard Scott, a family physician with an impeccable record, was chastised for speaking to a patient about God. Now, he fears losing his job as a result of the incident. The Telegraph has more:
The committed Christian, was accused of “harassment” and told by the medical regulator that he risked bringing the profession into disrepute by discussing his religious beliefs.
The Cambridge-educated doctor has refused to accept a formal warning on his record, and is instead taking legal action to fight the censure.
His case follows a series of high-profile disputes between Christians and their employers over their freedom to express their beliefs, including an electrician who displayed a cross in his van and a nurse who prayed for a patient.
Scott claims that he was within his bounds when speaking with the patient and that the conversation was, “...a consensual discussion between two adults." By his own account, he asked permission before speaking to the patient and stopped discussing his faith when he was asked to. Scott is determined to clear his name.
Below, watch him discuss the matter in detail. What do you think? Should he be held accountable for sharing his faith?