Primary care trust suspends nurse for prayer offer to patient

A nurse who offered to pray for an elderly patient has been suspended by North Somerset PCT.

Photograph: iStockphoto/ Roger Branch
Photograph: iStockphoto/ Roger Branch

Caroline Petrie, 45, is a bank nurse and has been told by North Somerset PCT that she will not be employed again until the outcome of its investigation is known.


The patient in her 70s reportedly refused the prayer offer and informed the nurse's manager.

A North Somerset PCT statement said: ‘The NMC code of conduct makes it clear that nurses ‘must not use (their) professional status to promote causes that are not related to health'.

‘However, we are keenly aware of religious sensitivities and the importance of everyone's individual spiritual belief - patients as well as staff.

‘Ultimately it is important to add we always take any concerns raised by our patients most seriously and conscientiously investigate any matter brought to our attention. We have to be respectful of our patients' views as well as those of staff.'

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