UK Health Workers Told to Discuss Faith With Dying Patients

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(Christian Concern) Healthcare workers should do more to talk to dying patients about faith, experts have said.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has advised health workers and care workers to do more to discuss patients’ social, cultural and religious preferences.

It comes as a 2016 report showed that spiritual wishes were only documented for one in seven people dying in English hospitals, who were able to communicate in their final days.

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  • Sir, you are dying, and he that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. You don’t want to die under God’s wrath sir. You want to believe and have everlasting life, don’t you, sir?

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    UK needs Christianity. The West should not have scorned something so life-rescuing true and good and right. The West was great only because of having Christianity for thousands of years. Man should never scorn God’s truth or his own clear conscience or his own good parents. Only playboys and prostitutes mock the truth and do not look after the children or their own future. All serious people examine the Holy Bible and seek the truth and find Jesus.

  • james blue

    As long as it’s the patient who raises the subject…….

  • Chris

    In Australia there are religious ministers in hospitals. They ask your religious beliefs, and if you would be interested in their services, rituals, prayers, etc. At no time do they ever try to force their religion on someone [especially if that person is dying]. I consider such an arrangement eminently sensitive to the wishes of the dying patient. What the article describes, on the other hand, strikes me as being a band aid measure.