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.’