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Hospitals: Ministers of Religion

Question for Department of Health

UIN HL3353, tabled on 20 November 2017

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that appropriate pastoral support is available to non-religious patients in hospitals in England on an equal basis to religious chaplaincy, and whether that support is proportionate to the percentage of patients who describe themselves as non-religious.

Answered on

30 November 2017

All those accessing NHS services should have the opportunity to receive pastoral, spiritual or religious care from a National Health Service chaplain. This includes non-religious pastoral and spiritual care to all patients, family and staff who need it.

NHS England have published the NHS Chaplaincy Guidelines 2015: Promoting Excellence in Pastoral, Spiritual & Religious Care for NHS commissioners, NHS trust boards, managers and health care chaplains which stated that adequate provision of pastoral, spiritual or religious care should be made for their service users, and that this provision should be available to both religious and non-religious patients. A copy of the guidelines is attached.