UK Hospital Trust Proposes Bible Ban

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The Scriptures may not be a source of comfort anymore at one British hospital.

The London Daily Express reported that the Nottingham University Hospitals Trust wants to ban Bibles from patients' bedsides, saying the Bibles are hard to clean.
    
The move is intended to help cut down on the spread of infection - something the hospital has been attempting to achieve since 2005.

However, critics have argued there are other solutions. For instance, the Bibles could be covered in shrink wrap or plastic, making them easier to clean.

"For many patients, [Bibles have] been a source of comfort and support through uncertainty and illness," said a spokesperson for the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.

"This would intrude on the personal privacy they have to read a copy from their own locker, whenever they chose to, rather than having to trouble a member of staff with a request, which they may feel unhappy to do.  This new proposed policy does not appear to be patient-focused, as it would reduce the resources for spiritual support at a time when they are most needed," the spokesperson added.

The trust has said that they will "take into account all needs and views before coming to a final decision" on the matter.

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