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NHS: Religious Practice

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will revise his Department's document, NHS chaplaincy: meeting the religious and spiritual needs of patients and staff of 2003 to reflect the needs of the secular community; and if he will include in the working party referred to in annex 3 of the document members and representatives of the secular community. (284314)

There are no current plans to revise this publication. Following the passage of the Equality Bill that is currently before Parliament, the Department will consider whether there is a need to revise guidance on issues of religion and belief, including NHS chaplaincy.