Over in Leicester, England, hospital bosses are debating whether to remove bibles from the bedsides of patients:
Hospital bosses may remove bibles from the bedsides of patients amid concerns over offending non-Christians and spreading the superbug, MRSA.
Leics-based Gideons International, which distributes bibles, described the move as “outrageous”. University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said it was committed to equality and religious diversity. It is to meet on Friday to discuss whether the tradition should continue at the city’s three main hospitals.
Gideons International’s UK headquarters, which is based in the county, commissioned reports from medical consultants about the potential risk and found there was no danger. Iain Mair, executive director at their Lutterworth base, said: “They are saying there’s a potential MRSA risk, and we say that is nonsense. They also say it’s discriminating against people of other faiths. It’s outrageous, political correctness gone mad. We will put notes in the lockers which will say that, if a patient wants a book of another faith, these are the people they should contact.”
MRSA, for the uninitiated, is Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a strain of bacteria which is resistant to common anti-biotics and is increasingly becoming a problem in hospitals. Leicester is one of the country’s most diverse cities – only 44% of people describe themselves as Christian while nearly 15% describe themselves as Hindu and 11% as Muslim, with around 17.5% stating that they have no religion.