Anorak | NHS balls: Margate Hospital fast-tracked RAF man in ‘ofensive uniform’ for cultural reasons

NHS balls: Margate Hospital fast-tracked RAF man in ‘ofensive uniform’ for cultural reasons

by | 26th, September 2015

Mr Prendeville RAF When RAF aircraft engineer Mark Prendeville, 38, was injured at work he was taken to A&E at Margate’s Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, Kent.

What happened next is little unclear.

The Sun : “AttenSHUN!EXCLUSIVE: Hospital moves RAF man over ‘offensive’ uniform”

AN RAF sergeant taken to A&E after a training accident was moved by hospital staff who said his uniform would upset other patients… workers twice ushered him into empty corners, claiming his camouflage fatigues may offend other patients

The source of the story appears to be Mark’s father Jim, 63, a former Sgt Major with the Irish Guards:

“Mark was moved because of his uniform — he was told that twice. The first time, they asked him to move around the corner. Then someone else came out and took him around another corner so no one would see him. They said they didn’t want to upset people in the hospital. The words they used were, ‘We’ve lots of different cultures’ coming in. Mark was quite annoyed, but he’s a quiet lad and he didn’t want to kick up a fuss.”

Well, that desire not to cause a fuss is today’s front-page news.

Comrades took the married 38-year-old — a war veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan — to A&E, where a member of staff ushered him to an empty corner of the waiting room. Dad-of-one Mark, wearing camouflage fatigues, was then moved again round a corner by another worker.

He was sat away from all other patients.

Well, maybe.

Daily Mirror :

Aircraft engineer Mark Prendeville, 38, was taken to an empty corner of the waiting room before being moved behind a corner by hospital staff – form fear of upsetting the “different cultures coming in”

The Mail :

Staff moved him to sit in a corner before asking him to sit behind a wall.

Daily Express : “Outrage as hospital moves injured RAF veteran out of A&E because

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