Dr Antony Lempert speaks at European Parliament Platform for Secularism in Politics

15 Sep 2010

On 15th September 2010 the SMF was invited to speak at a debate on Conscientious Objection in Healthcare at the European Parliament Platform for Secularism in Politics (EPPSP).

Dr Lempert’s introductory remarks are available to read on the resources page of this website. In his introductory remarks, he said: ‘In contrast to so-called religious needs, there are professional obligations to respond to well-defined healthcare needs which themselves may be jeopardised by acceding to religious demands for special privileges.’

He went on to say: ‘The SMF advocates an end to widespread conscientious objection in healthcare. Instead the focus should be on the responsibility to provide good clinical care and to respect patient autonomy.

In the interim, the SMF recommends that there be a register of objectors freely accessible and locally advertised. Professionals who choose to work in areas which may bring them into conflict with their personal views should set aside their own views if that is in the best interests of their patient. If they cannot do that, then they should responsibly choose to work in another field.’

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