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Friday, June 03, 2005

BIBLES CAN CAUSE DISEASE? - The Most Ludicrous Item Of The Week!

Bedside bibles could be removed... This is just another ploy by the enemies of God's Word!


A hospital trust is considering removing Bibles from patients' bedsides for fear that they may be spreading the superbug MRSA, it emerged today.

The University Hospitals of Leicester NHS trust is meeting on Friday to discuss the health risks from copies of Gideon Bibles provided in patient lockers in Leicester's three main hospitals.

The trust wants to consult on the whether the books could increase the risk of spreading MRSA if they become contaminated with body fluids.
Gideons International, which distributes the Bibles widely in hospitals, hotels, cruise liners and prisons, said their removal would be "outrageous".

Iain Mair, the executive director of Gideons International UK said: "We understand that the hospital authorities are having a meeting tomorrow to discuss ordering the removal of these testaments from bedsides. "They are saying there's a potential MRSA risk, and we say that is nonsense."

Gideons International commissioned reports from medical consultants about the potential risk which found there was no danger, Mr Mair added.

The trust is also concerned that the Bibles are offending non-Christian patients.

Mr Mair said this was an instance of "political correctness gone mad". He revealed that his organisation had been asked to provide notes to patients stating that Bibles are available on requests.

In a statement, the trust said it was, "committed to religious diversity and equality".

It added: "Discussions are currently taking place between the chaplaincy, infection control, service equality and volunteer services departments to determine whether religious texts will continue to be provided in patients' bedside lockers at Leicester general hospital, Leicester Royal infirmary and Glenfield hospital.
"However, discussions are still in the early stages, meaning no proposals have yet been put forward by staff and no final decision has yet been made on this issue.

"Regardless of the outcome of the discussions, patients can be reassured that religious texts will continue to be made available at the trust's three hospitals through the chaplaincy."

A trust spokeswoman confirmed that concerns about the Bibles spreading MRSA and offending other faith groups would be discussed at the meeting.

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