Published: 13:43, 30 March 2017 |
Updated: 15:53, 30 March 2017
A nurse who was allegedly sacked for talking to patients about religion has brought her case to an employment tribunal.
Today's hearing in Ashford was told how eight complaints had been made against Sarah Kuteh, who worked at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford.
Five of these were made before the nurse was given a warning on April 11 last year, and three afterwards.
Sarah Jane Collins, general manager of medicine at the hospital, heard the first disciplinary against Ms Kuteh in August last year.
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The tribunal comes after Sarah Kuteh took to YouTube to explain the discussions only arose as it was her job to help patients fill out pre-op assessment forms, which dealt with their religion.
Mrs Kuteh, who is being supported by the Christian Concern organisation, was dismissed after 15 years of nursing.
On the clip, Mrs Kuteh said: "My job was to go through questionnaires with patients and an aspect of this is religion.
"There is an aspect in each of these questionnaires where I have to deal with religion and a patient would have to state their religion - or not. This would always bring about the most discussions.
"I discussed my religion with a patient and how I have found Jesus Christ and how much peace I have.
“Especially when patients have come to me really really devastated sometimes and I have had to reassure them based on the joy and peace I really have found with the Lord."
Mrs Kuteh had worked at the Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford before the alleged dismissal in December last year.
The tribunal continues.
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