An offer to pray for an elderly patient has resulted in a Christian nurse being suspended by North Somerset PCT
Caroline Petrie, 45, will face a disciplinary hearing after being accused of failing to show a commitment to equality and diversity.
She said she did not force her Christian beliefs on anyone, but asked if the woman would like a prayer said for her because “it is a valuable part of the care I give”.
She said: “I’m not angry, and I understand if people don’t believe in the way that I do,” adding that she found it difficult to believe she had been asked to stop working.
The sick woman, understood to be her 70s and living in Winscombe, reportedly refused the offer and informed Mrs Petrie`s superiors.
North Somerset PCT said in a statement: “Caroline Petrie has been suspended pending an investigation into the matter.
“She is a bank nurse and she has been told we will not be using her in this capacity until the outcome of our investigation is known.”