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Nigerian UK-based nurse reportedly sacked, deported for praying for patient

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A yet-to-be-identified Nigerian nurse in the United Kingdom has been reportedly sacked by the management of her hospital after she was found praying for an elderly patient.

The self-acclaimed online doctor, Harvey Olufunmilayo, disclosed this via his X handle, @drolufunmilayo, on Thursday.

Although PUNCH Metro cannot verify this claim as of the time this report was filed, the doctor narrated the incident to warn Nigerian doctors moving to the UK not to pray for patients.

He also claimed that the said Nigerian health worker was further deported for what he believed was unethical for health workers in the UK to bring religion to their work.

The X user added that it is not customary for nurses to pray for patients, but they can ask for a cleric to carry out any religious service on patients, regardless of whether they want them (the nurses) to do so.

He wrote, “I just read the sad story of a Nigerian who came to the UK and was employed by an agency to work as a caregiver for elderly people. She was assigned to care for an elderly patient who was dying, and she was reported for ‘praying for the client to get better’. Yeah. She got sacked and deported.

“Praying for your patient is seen as an abuse of trust and misuse of your position. You are expected to simply do and focus on your job.”

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