News from the Christian Legal Centre that a nurse from Weston-super-Mare has been suspended from her work for offering to pray for an elderly patient.
Caroline Petrie, a community nurse and a Christian, is facing dismissal for an alleged breach of her code of conduct on equality and diversity.
Mrs Petrie, who is married mother of two, has been accused by her employers of failing to demonstrate a “personal and professional commitment to equality and diversity” because of her offer of prayer.
She was suspended, without pay, on 17th December 2008 and will find out the outcome of her disciplinary meeting this week. She says she has been left shocked and upset by the action taken against her.
Meanwhile, the elderly patient in question (said to have been taken aback by the offer, which she declined) said: "Mrs Petrie was a nice lady, did the job properly and was quietly spoken. Personally I wouldn’t want to see her sacked for something like that.”