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Launch of MFGHC

The Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy (MFGHC) was launched on 25th June 2003 in Westminster. This represents a milestone in the history of chaplaincy. The group builds on the work of the Multi-Faith Joint National Working Party who were charged by the Department of Health to produce the Guidance on Healthcare Chaplaincy. Rev Edward Lewis, (Chief Officer of the MFGHC and Chief
Executive Hospital Chaplaincies Council) paid tribute to his predecessor, the Rev Robert Clarke OBE whose vision and enthusiasm initiated the group.

Rosie Winterton, the new Minister of State at the Department of Health was unable to attend, but the Chief Nursing Officer, Sarah Mullally, was present at the launch of the new guidance on healthcare chaplaincy (NHS Chaplaincy: Meeting the Religious and Spiritual Needs of Patients and Staff), and the MFGHC. Within the DoH, Sarah Mullally carries the portfolio for chaplaincy in England.

Launch of MFGHC

Those attending  the launch of MFGHC, including Sarah Mullally, Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health and Peter Bottomley MP who hosted the evening.

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Barney Leith

Hon Barney Leith, the chairman of MFGHC welcomed everyone, thanking those who had previously worked on the old Multi-Faith Joint National Working Party and those now serving on the New body.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Launch group

Ms Sumana Read (Buddhist), Mr Manhar Mehta,
Chairman of the National Council of Vanik Associations (UK), and the
Venerable W. Wimalajothi from the London Buddhist Vihara

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Launch group

Ms Deborah Wheeler, Director of Nursing, Whittington
Hospital and Hospital Chaplaincies Council member talking to Bishop Christopher Herbert, Chair Hospital Chaplaincies Council and Ms Liz Fradd, Director of Nursing Commission for Health Improvement.

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Launch group

Rev Geoffrey Roper, Chair - The Churches Committee for
Hospital Chaplaincy and Associate General Secretary (Free Churches),
Churches together in England, talking to Bishop
Howard Tripp, Auxiliary Bishop in Southwark and Roman Catholic
Spokesman on MFGHC, and Venerable W. Wimalajothi from the London Buddhist
Vihara

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Edward Lewis and Barmey Leith

Edward Lewis, Chief Officer of the MFGHC and Chief
Executive Hospital Chaplaincies Council with Barney Leith Chair MGFHC.

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