Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Devout [Catholic] nurse quits job over crucifix ban

By James Woodward, Press Association

A Christian [Catholic] hospital worker who was ordered to remove a crucifix "which could harbour infection" has left her job in protest.

Devout Helen Slatter, 43, was told by Gloucestershire Royal Hospital the necklace posed a health and safety risk and could even be used as weapon.

Ms Slatter, a blood sampler - or phlebologist - was not content to accept the hospital's offer that she wear the emblem in her pocket and has now resigned.

The mother of one said she was not willing to choose between her job and her religion, despite the NHS trust insisting the issue was about safety, not faith.

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