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Health Services: Religion

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on health care chaplaincy in the NHS; and if he will make a statement. (210193)

Since the beginning of November 2007, the Department is aware of 17 letters relating to health care chaplaincy and spiritual care. We have received representation from the representative bodies of the nine principal world faiths in relation to central funding for chaplaincy workforce development. We have also received representation from the Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy on issues arising from the completion of the Caring for the Spirit programme led by NHS Yorkshire and Humber.