Letters

I was interested to see that Monitor (16 April) reported my speech at the Unison conference about faith in the NHS. As you rightly reported, I believe that faith in the NHS remains very widespread.

Arguably the NHS is more widely 'believed in' than Judaism or Christianity.

I did not, however, suggest it was more widely believed in than God. Every attitude survey I have seen suggests widespread belief in God (or agnosticism with some benefit of the doubt).

But that belief is not translated as widely into belief in the tenets of specific faith: for example, church attendances have continued to fall.

Perhaps a parallel can be made with the NHS. Does the public believe in the NHS, but not so clearly in what it is told by individual doctors, nurses, managers and politicians?

If so, can we capitalise on the value put upon the NHS by the population at large, and try to find out where the specific instances of mistrust lie? And would that benefit us in the work we do?

Rabbi Julia Neuberger, Chief executive, King's Fund.