Communities secretary Hazel Blears has welcomed the return to work of ‘praying nurse’ Caroline Petrie, saying she was ‘delighted’ that common sense had prevailed
Ms Petrie was suspended in December by North Somerset PCT for offering to pray for a patient but was due to return to work this week.
Speaking on GMTV this week, Ms Blears said: ‘I am delighted that common sense prevailed, she is back at work. She wasn’t going to impose prayer on people, she just said “would you like me to” and common sense has prevailed in that case.’
‘Let’s be a little bit less anxious, a bit more robust, but also recognising that there are certain things, I think, that 99% of people in Britain actually do support – it isn’t acceptable to be racist, it isn’t acceptable to discriminate against people because they are women or because they are gay.’
However, a Nursing Times survey of more than 2,500 nurses suggests that more guidance on prayer and religion, both from the government and regulators, is needed.
Three-quarters of respondents said they thought that nursing was not adequately prepared to deal with the religious needs of different cultures.
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