A Christian nurse in the United Kingdom committed not just to her job but sharing the Gospel has been fired from her work after patients complained of her preaching.
Sarah Kuteh was ousted from her job at Darent Valley Hospital in Darford, Kent for sharing her Christian faith with the patients. In one instance, she gave a cancer patient a Bible and sang “The Lord is My Shepherd” with him. She also asked others to pray to God for healing.
The Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust fired her for alleged breach of Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) rules. Kuteh has since raised the dismissal to court but a ruling dismissed her plea after the patients complained of her conduct.
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One patient recalled that she told him about Jesus and urged him to sing Psalm 23 with her after he wrote “open-minded” to a questionnaire about his religion. The patient said the encounter was “bizarre” and likened it to a “Monty Python skit.”
“(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,” read the patient’s complaint.
Another complaint mentioned how Kuteh told a bowel cancer patient that he would have a better chance at survival if he prayed to God. Then another patient said Kute “spent more time talking about religion than doing the assessment” and another refused to see her because they “didn’t like preaching.”
The 50-year-old mom of three was allowed to work as a nurse again in July 2018 after the Nursing and Midwifery Council lifted her restrictions. She took another chance and appealed against her firing to the Court of Appeal with claims that the tribunal “failed to consider the correct interpretation of the NMC Code and the distinction between appropriate and inappropriate expressions of religious beliefs.” She alleged the tribunal also did not recognize Article 9 of the European Convention on Human rights which refers to Freedom to manifest one’s belief or religion and failed to “consider the fact-sensitive distinction between true evangelism and improper proselytism.”
However, judges rejected her second appeal saying she was fairly dismissed from her work. Kuteh is fighting for her right to share her faith with others and believes she was unfairly fired for expressing her faith. With the help of the Christian Legal Centre, she is working on her next steps to have the dismissal overturned.
Despite the heartache and losing a lot after she got fired, Kuteh is leaning on God and her daughters for support and motivation. She believes in the Lord’s power which is made perfect in her weakness.
Victory as restrictions lifted on nurse who gave Bible to patient In 2016, Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford summarily dismissed Sarah Kuteh after complaints that she had talked to patients about her Christian faith and had given a Bible to one patient.