A phlebotomist at an NHS hospital has resigned after refusing to take off her crucifix, which the hospital had banned on infection control grounds.
Helen Slatter, from Gloucestershire Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, had refused to sign up to the uniform code because of her Catholic faith.
She told reporters: ‘They made it clear that, if I went back, the hospital would send me home if I was wearing my crucifix.
‘I am not willing to stop wearing it, so I have been left with no choice but to leave my job.’
A trust spokesperson said all jewellery was banned because of the hospital’s new infection control policy.
A statement said: ‘We can confirm that Helen Slatter has handed in her notice to leave the Trust’s employment.
‘We were disappointed that Helen took this decision and had offered to meet her again to discuss her concerns. The Trust does have a uniform policy which prohibits the wearing of necklaces and chains for the safety of both patients and staff. Similar policies are in place in hospitals across the country and are vital in the fight against infections.
‘We would like to make it clear that Helen had not been the subject of disciplinary action. As a Trust we are supportive of our employees’ religious beliefs.’