The Thomas More Legal Centre has initiated, on behalf of Catholic Mental Healthcare worker Margaret Forrester, a High Court claim against the NHS based on breaches of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the following Articles in the European Convention on Human Rights; Article 9 (Freedom of Religion) Article 10 (Freedom of Speech) and Article 14 (Freedom from Discrimination).
The Thomas More Legal Centre explains the particulars of the High Court Claim:
‘Margaret Forrester a former NHS employee who was sacked by the NHS after giving a colleague a booklet “Forsaken” where women who have had Abortions talk about their own experiences and the regrets they subsequently experienced.
The giving of this booklet to a colleague was not objected to by the colleague and was not in breach of any NHS rule or Code of Conduct indeed her colleague has never complained in any way about the actions of Mrs Forrester.
The complaint concerning the booklet was made by a Manager from the NHS Abortion service and as a result of that complaint Margaret Forrester ended up being found guilty of Gross Misconduct on a disciplinary charge that she distributed materials that individuals may find offensive which is an extraordinarily vague charge.
At no point in the disciplinary process was it ever suggested that the person who was given the booklet or indeed anyone else had in fact found it offensive. The booklet did not contain any graphic images and was not given to a patient.
The Human Rights aspects of this case have been apparent from the start in particular the interference with Margaret Forresters right to freedom of speech as guaranteed by Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
‘It is the view of the Thomas More Legal Centre that even those who may disagree with Margaret Forresters views on Abortion should support her in this claim. If employees of the NHS cannot even discuss the subject of Abortion with their colleagues then this means that the NHS has become a dangerously totalitarian organisation with no regard for freedom or diversity.’
The Thomas More Legal Centre also draw attention to the disgraceful treatment that Margaret Forrester has received by HM Courts and Tribunal Service who have on two occasions cancelled Margaret’s case on the eve of its hearing, adding to the stress and hardship that she facing as a result of her unjust sacking:
The Employment Tribunal case was originally due to be heard on 14th November 2011 but the trial was canceled by the Tribunal one day before the hearing. The trial was scheduled again for the 26th March 2012 but once again the trial was canceled at the last minute. The Tribunal trial is now scheduled for hearing on 8 October 2012.
Protect the Pope comment: The disciplining and sacking of Margaret Forrester by the NHS for sharing medical information about abortion with a colleague shows how wrong people are to say that there is not a persecution of Catholics in this country because of their beliefs.
The fact that the colleague Margaret shared the pro-life booklet with did not complain shows the nonsense of the NHS’ decision to sack Margaret for gross misconduct for distributing material that ‘ individuals may find offensive’. The truth is the NHS will not tolerate medical professionals questioning its totalitarian ideology of abortion. The NHS kills babies and the NHS kills the truth. This has always been the way of evil.
The fact that Margaret Forrester’s case before the Employment Tribunal keeps being postponed also shows that HM courts and tribunals are involved in hiding the truth of this case.
The question is, how likely is it that a UK judge will allow Margaret Forrester’s case under Human Rights legislation? Based on past cases brought by Christians the likelihood is that the UK judiciary will continue to perpetrate the lie that Christians’ human rights are not being violated in the UK.