Catholic hospital defends contraception advice for cancer trial
PostedA doctor at Newcastle's Calvary Mater Hospital says a decision by the Hospital regarding patients in a cancer drug trial, has seriously shaken his Catholic faith.
The hospital, which is operated by the Little Company of Mary Health Care, will not allow doctors to provide written information on contraception to patients involved in the trial.
That is despite the risk of birth defects from the drug being trialled being deemed extremely serious.
A staff specialist haematologist at the Calvary Mater, Dr Michael Seldon says it is essential information that patients should be provided with and he is considering defying the hospital ruling.
"I've got to say it certainly shakes your faith," he said.
"Being a Christian is about service to others and putting yourself aside for the values of other people and particulary for this group of quite vulnerable people.
"After all, the diagnosis of cancer is a very life-changing situation and I'm seriously considering what to do."
The doctor has been put in a insidious position, because of stupid management decision.
This is not just about contraception it's about saving lives.
THIS IS THE YEAR 2011
NOT THE 1700s