Religion vs. infection control, part 2

Last month I blogged about a phlebotomist in the UK who was facing disciplinary action because she wore a crucifix while working. Today, British newspapers are reporting that she has resigned her position because she refused to comply with an order to remove it. She reports that she wore it under her clothes. If this is true, the claim that the crucifix represents an infection control risk is baseless, and such heavy handed treatment only serves to undermines infection control efforts.


  1. This is an interesting situation. Secularism in infection control? If the crucifix was truly under the shirt, and not in contact with patients, it does not constitute a risk. Something more pervasive, possibly agenda driven, could be driving this policy. I commend this women for standing with her values, as religious freedom does not compromise infection control.


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