Christian Nurse Goes to Court After Being Fired for Offering to Pray With Patients

A Christian nurse who was fired for offering to pray with patients before surgery was simply showing “compassion”, a tribunal heard.

Sarah Kuteh lost her job last year after patients complained that she talked more about religion than their procedures and told them that if they prayed to God they were more likely to survive.

Mrs Kuteh was dismissed for gross misconduct from Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford, Kent. Eight patients who were “extremely vulnerable” and facing surgery had submitted complaints about her behaviour.

Now her case has been brought to an employment tribunal after she claimed she was unfairly dismissed.

One cancer patient facing bowel surgery complained after mother-of-three Mrs Kuteh told him if he prayed to God he would have a better chance of survival.

Another patient said being subjected to such religious “fervour” by Mrs Kuteh was “bizarre”, and he compared the experience with a “Monty Python skit”.

One other patient felt Mrs Kuteh spent more time talking about religion than completing a pre-operative questionnaire, according to statements submitted at an employment tribunal held in Ashford, Kent.

Mrs Kuteh, a nursing sister with 15 years of experience, was sacked last August after several months’ suspension and referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council for disqualification proceedings.

She appealed but the panel agreed that the decision to dismiss Mrs Kuteh was “entirely appropriate”.

The hospital denied that she had been sacked because of because of her faith.

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SOURCE: The Telegraph, Olivia Rudgard