Mary Onuoha

Christian nurse Mary Onuoha was forced out of her job as an NHS theatre practitioner at Croydon University Hospital because she wouldn’t remove the cross she was wearing.


Supported by the Christian Legal Centre, Christian nurse Mary Onuoha is challenging her former hospital after being forced out of her job because she refused to remove her small, gold cross necklace, which she had word for 40 years as a symbol of her deep Christian faith.

Mary was told that the necklace was a health and safety risk and “must not be visible”, however no good reason has been shown as to why Mary’s cross is a risk, and people of other faiths and none are allowed to wear jewellery, lanyards, saris, turbans and hijabs without incident.

Mary commented: “This has always been an attack on my faith. My cross has been with me for 40 years. It is part of me, and my faith, and it has never caused anyone any harm. All I have ever wanted is to be a nurse and to be true to my faith. I am a strong woman, but I have been treated like a criminal. I love my job, but I am not prepared to compromise my faith for it, and neither should other Christian NHS staff in this country.”

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