Catholic church paid £30k by NHS for last rites

NHS Lothian has entered into a “service level agreement” with the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh to provide out-of-hours spiritual care, costing £30,000 a year, largely to ensure critically ill Catholics are read their last rites, reports The Evening News

Tim Maguire, spokesman for Humanist Society Scotland, said his
organisation would never charge for chaplaincy services to hospitals.
“The Catholic Church is not poor, they could afford to do this
themselves,” he said.

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