Tuesday, 23 February 2016

The spirit of healthcare: the NHS's £25m brigade of chaplains

The spirit of healthcare: the NHS's £25m brigade of chaplains Nowadays they can come from any religion or none, but some say health service money is misspent on the 900-strong force.

The NHS spends millions each year on employing more than 900 hospital chaplains to provide religious and spiritual care to patients even though the proportion of the population defining itself as non-religious is growing.

There were 916 NHS chaplaincy posts in 2015, according to new data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre. The number has fallen almost 20% in the past five years, down from 1,107 in 2010. Continue reading... The Guardian

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