Christian NHS worker charged with “bullying” for praying for Muslim co-worker

From the UK Telegraph. (H/T Well Spent Journey)


A Christian health worker has begun a legal challenge after being disciplined by the NHS for praying with a Muslim colleague.

Victoria Wasteney, a senior occupational therapist in one of the country’s most racially diverse areas, was also accused of bullying the colleague after giving her a book about a Muslim woman who converts to Christianity.

In addition, senior managers told Miss Wasteney that it was inappropriate to invite the woman to a community sports day organised by her church.

The complaints led to Miss Wasteney being suspended on full pay for nine months.

Three charges were upheld against the 37-year-old Christian at an internal disciplinary hearing in February and five charges were found to be unsubstantiated. She had to accept a final written warning at work which will remain on her records for 12 months, as well as accept a range of other requirements designed to stop her discussing her faith and beliefs with colleagues.

Miss Wasteney said she was challenging her employers in court because political correctness in the NHS was stifling ordinary conversations about faith.

[…]The young Muslim woman was appointed as a newly qualified occupational therapist in a team of 30 managed by Miss Wasteney at East London NHS Foundation Trust.

I do not recommend speaking to Muslims about anything other than work at work, because of cases. If you want to say something, come home and blog what you want to say under an alias. We are not in the same world we were in 50 years ago. The things we used to do then are no longer safe. You can still have an impact, you just have to be smarter about how you do it.


4 thoughts on “Christian NHS worker charged with “bullying” for praying for Muslim co-worker”

  1. Reblogged this on Patriactionary and commented:
    The original story doesn’t make clear who launched the complaints, but I’m almost certain it wasn’t the young Muslim woman whom the Christian woman befriended, but rather some other busybody (probably a fellow Briton, a progressive one).

    In these times, therefore, don’t proselytize or witness at work; instead, if you feel compelled, i.e. Spirit-led, to share your faith with a colleague, invite him or her out for lunch or a coffee, or a walk in the park – make sure there aren’t other colleagues present – then speak freely. Then, at least, if a complaint is later made, it was not due to something that happened at work, on work hours, and ideally there shouldn’t be grounds for the workplace to punish. But even if there somehow is considered to be such grounds (and who knows, in these times, how far they’ll go), at least you’ll know exactly who initiated the process – the individual to whom you were trying to witness, and not any other busybody at your workplace (other than those to whom he or she complained).

    Like WK says, you have to be smarter. Christ told us to be “wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” We should therefore act accordingly.


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