HEALTH bosses have been urged to scrap a deal that sees the NHS pay tens of thousands of pounds a year to the Roman Catholic Church.
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.
The church, which is the only religious organisation with which the health board has a specific agreement, said it was “long-standing practice” that cash was paid to organisations providing services to hospitals.
However, secular campaigners branded the payment “ridiculous” at a time when the NHS is becoming increasingly cash-strapped and said the church should foot the bill.
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