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Suspension should not be used lightly

21 September 2012


From Julie Fagan

Sir, - A priest has been suspended from work (News, 7 September). Suspension is so serious that it should be used only as a very last resort, and where there are substantiated allegations of a very serious nature, such as sexual abuse.

Why only in very serious situations? Because suspension destroys people. I experienced suspension and its destructive effects when I worked in the NHS. It was through the help that I received from family, friends, and God that any breakdown, physical or mental, was prevented. Until it happened to me, I had no idea of its harm. Sadly, since then, I have heard the stories of hundreds of staff in the NHS similarly affected, through our website www.suspension-nhs.org - a God-given idea, I believe.

Please, do not let God's people destroy one another through this evil practice. If an investigation is required, it should be undertaken as a matter of great urgency to cause the minimum of harm for the individual and his or her family.

19 Homewelland House, Leicester Road, Market Harborough, LE16 7BT



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