Seminar 3: Healthcare and Religion

University of Central Lancashire, Preston,
18 October 2008

How far is the notion of well-being implicit in healthcare policies encoded with religious norms, in for example, what it means to be autonomous or to enjoy good family relationships? For example, can it be right for decisions on treatment to be arrived at by the patient’s family, challenging the idea of individual consent? Do medical practitioners have the right to refuse to administer treatments that oppose their religious beliefs?

Convened by Dr Niall Scott (Lecturer in Ethics, University of Central Lancashire)


Rev. Harry Brandsma, Prison chaplain (the Netherlands)

Dr Mahmood Chandia, Islamic Studies

Dr Suhail Bhatti, East Lancashire Primary Care Trust

Dr Kartina Choong Senior Lecturer in Medical Law and Ethics

Prof Nigel Thomas, Professor of Childhood and Youth Research

Dr Niall Scott, Senior Lecturer in Ethics

Ms Victoria Benson, Administrator, Lancashire County Council


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