A British hospital has apologized after twice moving a Royal Air Force sergeant out of the sight of other patients over the staff’s concern that his military uniform would offend other patients, British media reported this weekend.
According to the serviceman’s father, hospital workers told aircraft engineer Sgt. Mark Prendeville, 38, that he was moved away from other patients in a waiting room, because they thought his uniform “might upset people,” as they “have all kinds of different cultures coming in.”
Prendeville was taken to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in the seaside town of Margate after fire extinguisher chemicals got into his eyes during a training exercise.
Prendeville’s father Jim told the Telegraph that he was “disgusted” and that his son was “dumbfounded” after being told twice to move out of the view of other patients.