A Christian general practitioner is facing the threat of being struck off for suggesting a patient could find solace in Jesus.
But Dr. Richard Scott said yesterday that it was worth the risk if he could "make a stand" for his faith. Scott, 50, was placed under official investigation for talking to a patient about Jesus.
The Cambridge-educated GP, who used to be a medical missionary and surgeon in Tanzania and India, has refused to accept a formal warning from the General Medical Council, which said he risked bringing his profession into disrepute by discussing Christianity.
He is preparing to appeal against the censure—even though he has been warned this could result in him being struck off.
Scott insists no guidelines were breached as religion was mentioned only during a "consensual discussion between two adults" after he had carried out a thorough and lengthy consultation with a patient last year at his Christian-orientated practice in Margate, Ky.
The father of three, whose wife Heather, 50, is also a doctor, is fighting to have the formal warning removed from his unblemished record—maintaining that he acted professionally and within the medical regulator's guidelines.
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