The Daily Telegraph reports today that a part-time nurse working in Somerset has been suspended for ‘failing to demonstrate a “personal and professional commitment to equality and diversity”‘ after complaints were made to her employers about her religious approaches to patients.
Caroline Petrie was originally a member of the Church of England but converted to Baptist nine years ago, the Telegraph reports. In October she was reprimanded after an incident in which she offered a prayer card to an elderly patient, whose carer later complained. She was told at the time, ‘you must not use your professional status to promote causes that are not related to health’.
After a new incident, in which she offered to pray for a 70-year-old patient, she was asked by the Health Trust, on December 15, to explain her actions. The patient is understood to have complained. She was suspended without pay on December 17. Ms Petrie attended a disciplinary meeting last week and she expects to hear the outcome soon.