Study of healthcare trusts shows hospital chaplains cost NHS £29 million
You may have read in the Mirror that the NHS could save £18.5 million a year, if it stopped funding hospital chaplains. The NSS has been campaigning on this issue for some time. Many people don’t appear to realise that the chaplains’ salaries come out of NHS funds; in other words, it’s public money, not church money. They assume that the church pays for them. With all the cuts, isn’t this a saving that ought to be made?
I’ll be on BBC Radio Suffolk with Rob Dunger on Sunday morning, 6th March, at around 7.20am, to talk about this. If you’re not an early riser on Sundays or you don’t live in Suffolk, you can listen again online through the BBC Radio Suffolk website.