Nurse 'sacked' for suggesting patient should go to church

A nurse with over 40 years' experience is considering taking legal action after claiming he was sacked for suggesting a patient could benefit from going to church during a role play exercise.

Anand Rao, 71, told a woman playing a patient with a serious heart condition that she could go to church to alleviate stress.

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust suspended Mr Rao after a complaint from course directors before dismissing him following a disciplinary hearing. He is being represented by the Christian Legal Centre (CLC).

Andrea Minichiello Williams, director of the CLC, said: ‘How is it possible that a nurse who has served the public for 40 years should find himself dismissed because in a training exercise he advised someone to go to church? To seek to censor and suppress this kind of language and belief is the first fruits of a closed society.’

Kate Bradley, director of HR at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, said: ‘The incident which led to the launch of the investigation was unfortunately not the first. Since joining us in 2005 he had continuously shown a disregard of the NMC’s code of conduct which he had breached on more than one occasion.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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