Posted by: the watchmen | February 4, 2009

The Praying Nurse.

ULSTER is calling for more sense over the treatment of nurse Caroline Petrie.

The committed Christian, 45, faces the sack after an elderly woman complained she had tried to impose her faith on her during a home visit.

Mum-of-two Mrs Petrie offered to say a prayer for a 79-year-old woman and was suspended by health bosses for breaching equality rules.

The community nurse, from Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset, should learn the disciplinary decision of North Somerset Primary Care this week.

She said it was just her way of saying “get well soon”.

A spot poll by the News Letter showed people on the streets of Belfast generally agreed.

“You need all the prayers you can get,” Stan Corbett declared.

“If I was lying in a hospital bed, I’d want someone to pray for me. It’s no sin.”

Belfast man Patrick Murphy said he was in need of a prayer and said health bosses’ decision to suspend Mrs Petrie was a “complete over-reaction”.

“It’s political correctness gone made,” he added.

Pensioner William Spence said it was another example of Christian beliefs being undermined.

“There are other religions in Britain today – which I have no problem with – that people go out of their way not to offend,” he said.

“But it seems it is open season on the Christian religion. It’s criticised and undermined and that’s a disgrace in a country that’s predominantly Christian.”

Margaret Bennett blasted as “ridiculous” the suspension of the nurse.

“They wouldn’t have done this to Florence Nightingale,” she said.

“But God has been put out of the picture now.

“It should be us who are praying for the nurses considering the amount of work that’s heaped on them.”

Mrs Petrie’s patient has already said she doesn’t want to see the nurse sacked.

The suspension came after the nurse was previously warned by management not to promote her faith when she handed a prayer card to a patient.

Mrs Petrie now stands accused of not showing “personal and professional commitment to equality and diversity”.

Michael Woods from the city added: “You would have thought they could have just warned her or chatted to her.

“But I do think religion is extremely private.”

Mrs Petrie has also vowed to take her fight to the courts.


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