Midwife claims she could lose job after NHS bosses warned her over

She is now awaiting the outcome of an appeal but fears she could face a disciplinary hearing as a result of her refusal to change her hair.The trust said it was unable to comment on specific cases.The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has called for the trust to suspend its uniform policy following the row as it argued hair colour should not be viewed as a priority at a time of staff shortages. Ms Crichton has dyed her hair since 2004 and claims it has never previously been a problem “One day I’m a professional and the next day I’m no longer a professional because of the colour of my hair.”Unison, Britain’s second largest trade union, said it supported the Royal College of Nursing’s stance as it urged the trust to focus on issues raised in its latest inspection.A spokesperson said:  “ULHT should be actively supporting our members to overcome the issues identified in the last Care Quality Commission report.”Martin Rayson, Human Resources Director at the Trust, said, “Unfortunately, we cannot comment on specific cases involving employees who are going through internal processes in line with the Trust’s policy and procedures.“We encourage any member of staff with a query around the dress code and uniform policy to speak with their manager or the HR team to address any concerns.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Ms Crichton has dyed her hair since 2004 and claims it has never previously been a problemCredit:Stephen Daniels The RCN’s operational manager David Kirwan told The Daily Telegraph: “It beggars belief. The ULHT has 252 full time nurse vacancies and a further 42 in outpatient care. They’ve admitted themselves they cannot ensure safe standards. “We’re calling on them to suspend this uniform policy. This NHS Trust is in special measures. Hair colour should not be the priority at the moment over safety and standards. “Children are at risk of harm. They need to make patient safety priority number one.” Ms Crichton, who has been based at Lincoln County Hospital for the past seven years, claimed she had been prevented from carrying out her duties.She said: “I was absolutely gobsmacked.”I could not believe what I was hearing after being employed at the Trust for seven-and-a half years with the same coloured hair, interviewed with the same coloured hair.”I’m depressed because I have been prevented from doing the job I absolutely adore. ULHT was placed into special measures in September last year by the Care Quality Commission after it developed a £30 million deficit, now said to be running an estimated £80 million. In July, the care watchdog recommended the trust remain in special measures after an inspection found urgent and emergency care at the hospital was of “significant concern”. A midwife claims she could be dismissed over her red hair after NHS bosses warned her it breached the hospital’s new uniform policy.Donna Crichton, 53, from Sleaford, Lincs, said she was warned she faces possible disciplinary action by the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT) as a result of changing her hair colouring despite using dye products since 2004.Ms Crichton, who has been employed as a midwife for more than 30 years, has not worked at Lincoln County Hospital since June when she was allegedly sent home by senior staff. She claims she was told her newly dyed red hair violated the trust’s uniform policy, introduced in November last year, which states “hair colour should reflect the Trusts requirement for professionalism by the member of staff”.The 53-year-old, who has been signed off work with stress, raised a staff grievance with the Royal College of Midwives but her case was rejected.  The hospital introduced its new uniform policy in November last yearCredit:Martyn Williams/Alamy The hospital introduced its new uniform policy in November last year read more

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