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Non-reappointment was because of misconduct not religious belief

Makbool Javaid

In Page v NHS Trust Development Authority, Page (P) is a devout Christian and was a Non-Executive Director (NED) of the Trust. He firmly believes that it is not in the best interests of a child to be adopted by anyone other than a mother and a father and it is ‘not normal’ to be adopted by a single parent or same sex couple. P expressed his views in the media. The Trust Informed P that doing so could have a negative impact and his failure to keep the Trust informed of his actions was unacceptable. P engaged with the media again on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, without informing the Trust. While expressing his views on same sex adoption, he added that he did not agree with same sex marriage and homosexual activity is wrong. It was decided that it was not in the interests of the health service for P to continue to serve as a NED in the NHS. An ET rejected P’s direct religious discrimination claim. The action taken against him was not because of religion but because he accepted invitations to appear in the press and on national television without informing the Trust, when he had been expressly told to inform them.

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