A medical professional who attempted to offer a Bible to a cancer patient was “rightly sacked” from her job, a court has heard.
British nurse Sarah Kuteh was fired from Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford, Kent back in 2016 for talking to several patients about her faith in Jesus and even choosing to hand out Bibles.
According to the original complaint, after a patient stated that they were “open-minded” about religion, Kuteh quickly explained that “the only way he could get to the Lord was through Jesus.”
“(She) told him she would give him her Bible if he did not have one; gripped his hand tightly and said a prayer that was very intense and went ‘on and on’; and asked him to sing Psalm 23 [The Lord is My Shepherd] after which he was so astounded that he had sung the first verse with her,” the ruling added, as reported by the Telegraph.
According to court documents, the nurse also told a bowel cancer patient “that if he prayed to God he would have a better chance of survival.”
As a result of these encounters, Kuteh, a mother-of-three, was fired from her job for “gross misconduct.”
APPEAL TURNED DOWN
After a failed appeal, Kuteh launched another bid to have the ruling overturned, arguing that the employment tribunal “failed to consider the correct interpretation of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code and the distinction between appropriate and inappropriate expressions of religious beliefs.”
She also argued that the tribunal had failed to uphold her rights to religious freedom endowed by European Convention on Human Rights, Article 9.
This clause states that the “freedom to manifest one’s religion or beliefs shall be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of public safety, for the protection of public order, health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.”
Last week, however, Judges at the Court of Appeal threw out Kuteh’s human rights claim a rejected her appeal once again.
‘The Respondent employer [Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust] did not have a blanket ban on religious speech at the workplace,” read the ruling from Lord Justice Gross, Lord Justice Singh and Lord Justice Haddon-Cave.