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NRI nurse in UK dismissed for church-visit tip to patients

An Indian-origin nurse in Britain has been dismissed for suggesting during a training session that patients could alleviate stress by going to church.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, London
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2009 11:43 PM IST

An Indian-origin nurse in Britain has been dismissed for suggesting during a training session that patients could alleviate stress by going to church.

Anand Rao, 71, who has been a nurse for over 40 years in the National Health Service in Leicester, reportedly made the comment during a role-play training session in which people played patients with life-threatening conditions.

He told a woman playing a heart patient that she should go to church to alleviate stress.

He was suspended by the NHS Trust after course directors complained, and was later dismissed after a disciplinary hearing.

Rao told the local media that “this was a theoretical exercise, a role-play, not real patients — it’s unbelievable that this could end up the way it has. This is all very upsetting.”

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