Not being a religious type I have little sympathy for Dr. Richard Scott, the Christian GP recently bollocked by the General Medical Council after he told a patient that praying for recovery might help him get better. OK, OK, I know prayer was the first therapeutic intervention allowed by Christian doctrine and the Christian church has been at the honourable forefront of healing ever since rioting Christians burned down the great library of Alexandria and destroyed the knowledge gathered by the Greeks, Egyptians, Persians and Assyrians. Many treatments right up to the 20th century involved getting the patient to pray for their own recovery.
But for a Doctor, and especially one paid by us impoverished taxpayers, starts prescribing prayer, he is well out of order.
Now I don't know about you but although I respect peoples' right to follow their preferred religion when I go to the Doctor I want drugs, powrerful ones that will sell for £15 a tablet on any streetcorner in Accrington. If my doctor advised me to pray for recoverey it would be he who needed divine intervention - to extract his sphagmanometer from his rectum.