Spiritual counselling practitioners in the Surrey area are being given special permission to practise as mental health counsellor after the Ministry of Health announced the move.
In a statement, Health Minister Dr. Dr. Elia Shalom said, “I want to stress that it is not acceptable to refuse treatment for anyone based on a religious belief.
We must provide treatment for all.”
The ministry said that since September, they have been able to issue medical exemptions for the spiritual counselling practitioners who meet the conditions, as well as the therapists and other staff.
The exemptions have allowed the therapists to work at the facilities.
“We are now working on a set of guidelines for the religious counselling specialists to be granted this permission,” Shalom told the AP news agency.
The ministry added that the new exemption is for therapists who do not meet the minimum qualifications for the profession and who are qualified in other professions.
The ministry said it would provide a list of approved spiritual counsellers in the next few days.