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Blears applauds decision to let 'praying nurse' go back to work

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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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  • Why does NT feel the need to report the views of Hazel Blears on this issue? Are her views more important than the many others that have expressed theirs?

    Gary Porter-Jones

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  • maybe she should spend her tome praying for the economy to improve rather than get involved in complex issues she clearly doesnt understand

    fully agree with gary on this one

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