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Nurse sacked 'for advising patient to go to church'

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A nurse is considering taking legal action after claiming he was sacked for suggesting a patient could benefit from going to church during a role-play exercise.

Anand Rao, 71, told a woman playing a patient with a life-threatening illness that she could go to church to alleviate stress and help her heart condition.

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust suspended Mr Rao after initial complaints from course directors before dismissing him following a disciplinary hearing. He is now considering legal action and is being represented by the Christian Legal Centre.

‘How is it possible that a nurse who has served the public for 40 years should find himself dismissed because in a training exercise he advised someone to go to church? To seek to censor and suppress this kind of language and belief is the fruits of a closed society,’ said Andrea Minichiello Williams, director of the CLC.

Kate Bradley, from the trust, said: ‘Since joining us in 2005 Mr Rao had continuously shown a disregard for the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s code of conduct, which he had breached on more than one occasion.’

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  • What is hapening with NHS?

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  • It is not just the NHS, it is this country. The government bend over backwards to protect other religions and ethnic minorities. They are too afraid to do otherwise and yet this country is a Christian country (whether Catholic or Protestant) and the Church appears to be being ousted. The Queen is the Head of State and Head of the Church of England but, there seems to be no regard for our tradition, culture or religion anymore.

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  • It is not just the NHS, it is this country. The government bend over backwards to protect other religions and ethnic minorities. They are too afraid to do otherwise and yet this country is a Christian country (whether Catholic or Protestant) and the Church appears to be being ousted. The Queen is the Head of State and Head of the Church of England but, there seems to be no regard for our tradition, culture or religion anymore.

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  • Sacking due to a role play exercise!?! Surely they should just be pointing out that this is not exceptable (not that I think it is!). I think I'll skip all my further training!

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  • "Nurse sacked 'for advising patient to go to church'" makes for a great headline, but perhaps there is more to this story than is being told.

    If he had continuously shown a disregard for the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s code of conduct, then perhaps he had been offensive to the patients regarding their beliefs or continuously enforced his own religion on them.

    The article says he breached the code of conduct on more than one occasion therefore I doubt it was just one passing comment in a training exercise that got him dismissed.

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  • "Nurse sacked 'for advising patient to go to church'" makes for a great headline, but perhaps there is more to this story than is being told.

    If he had continuously shown a disregard for the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s code of conduct, then perhaps he had been offensive to the patients regarding their beliefs or continuously enforced his own religion on them.

    The article says he breached the code of conduct on more than one occasion therefore I doubt it was just one passing comment in a training exercise that got him dismissed.

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  • There must be more to this than just suggesting somebody goes to church. However, it would not surprise me if this is a possible scenario in the future. As nurses we are constantly being told we must use evidence based practice. Studies have shown the therapeutic benefits of having a faith, and practices such as prayer, yet if a nurse suggests these things to a patient he/she is in danger of being reprimanded.

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  • The Christian Legal Centre said Mr Rao refused to attend the disciplinary hearing because the Trust had failed to provide him with the evidence they were using against him. We at the Campaign Against Unnecessary Suspensions and Exclusions (CAUSE UK) are familiar with this sort of behaviour from trusts when they want to get rid of staff.
    They also claimed he had shown a continuous disregard for the Code of Conduct. That also is a typical sort of claim. They will have looked for anything and everything they can. Sadly some staff creep out of the woodwork to add their complaints. Very often the person wasn't even on duty when the incidents were supposed to have happened but their defence will be ignored. If you don't believe me, read some of the stories on our website www.suspension-nhs.org.
    The National Patient Safety Agency is trying to move trusts away from the culture of blame to looking at systems and learning. Nothing will have been learnt here except, as others have commented before me, it is now a risky business to suggest anything Christian.
    Julie Fagan, founder member CAUSE UK

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  • Christians are now the most persecuted group in the UK.Can you believe someone could be sacked for saying something the 'PC trainer' didn't like? Have they lost sight that role -play is a 'pretend' situation', aimed at helping someone to improve and get it right in a real situation. Why didn't the trainer just say, 'I'm sorry I respect your faith but you can't say that to a patient. That would of been the end of it. But oh know the authorities wanted their pound of flesh. I am sure they wouldn't of taken any disciplinary action if a Muslim person had said something similar..

    Do we need anymore evidence that 'Christianphobia' is now widespread in the UK; in all public services. This sacking is a terrible injustice. Please support this case if you can. These PC thought Police could be coming for you next if we allow this hateful judgement to stand. All we need to do, is say nothing. I believe this example is only the beginning of Christian persecution that is growing in the UK. Notice I didn't say religious persecution, no, it is only Christians and Catholics who are being targeted.

    Christians everywhere need to stand and be counted to defend the Christian faith in this country against the new aggressive atheist and PC secular liberals, which is. aided and abetted by two national newspapers on a regular basis.

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