A Christian nurse has been fired by the NHS for talking to patients about her faith while helping them prepare for surgery.
According to the Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting her, Sarah Kuteh, a nursing sister from Bexley, had 15 years’ unblemished experience as a nurse.
However, Ms Kuteh was investigated and dismissed in August for ‘gross misconduct’, even though her job involved asking about patients’ faith as part of a pre-assessment questionnaire.
Ms Kuteh has also been referred to the Nurses and Midwives Council (NMC) for disqualification proceedings. She said, ‘All I had done was to nurse from the very bottom of my heart. How could it ever be harmful to tell someone about Jesus?’
The Christian Medical Fellowship’s head of nursing, Steve Fouch, said, ‘If and when a patient (or colleague) asks a question about our faith, we should not be afraid to explore with them what they really want to know about our own beliefs’.