Religious groups urged to fund hospital presence

Union Unite/CPHVA has criticised a National Secular Society call for religious groups to fund their own presence in hospitals, saving £40m a year.

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Photograph: istockphoto

Unite has called for independent research and study instead of an end to funding.

Reverend Dr Chris Swift, a former president of Unite/the College of Health Care Chaplains, said: ‘Over and over again, our members receive feedback from relatives and friends on how useful and comforting it was to have a NHS chaplain on hand.

‘I would like to see more independent research and objective study into the value of NHS chaplaincy. This research would demonstrate that chaplains are worth more than the notional £40 million quoted.’

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