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Doctor’s victory in prayer case

February 2020

A Christian doctor who faced censure for offering to pray with a patient has had the case against him dismissed by the General Medical Council.

Dr Richard Scott from Margate in Kent faced complaints from the National Secular Society following comments he made to the BBC.

However, the GMC has ruled that there is no evidence to support the complaints and that Dr Scott has done nothing wrong.

The National Secular Society cited an anonymous complaint and also a BBC Radio 4 interview with Dr Scott which aired in January 2019.

The NSS claimed that Dr Scott was ignoring GMC guidelines about ‘preaching’ to patients.

But the GMC ruled, ‘There is no convincing evidence that Dr Scott imposes his personal religious beliefs upon potentially vulnerable patients.’

Dr Scott was supported throughout his case by the Christian Legal Centre.