Security guards at the Bristol Royal Infirmary have been banned from wearing Union Jack flags
Following a complaint by a member of the public, 12 members of staff at the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) were sent an email telling them to no longer wear the flags on their uniforms.
Around half of the hospital’s security staff had been wearing Velcro Union Jack badges for the past two months, according to an insider at the hospital.
A source told the Bristol Post: “After a complaint from a member of the general public you are to remove the Union Jacks from stab vests.”
The banning of the badges, which are smaller than a credit card, has upset the security guards, according to a hospital worker.
The member of staff, who did not want to be named, said: “The badges have been a recent thing. The security guards got new stab vests that had Velcro on them and so decided to get the badges.
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Staff are reportedly unhappy with the decision
“It is an insult to the British people that they are having to be taken off.
“All the security staff are upset about it and cannot quite believe there has been a complaint.
“The staff are doing their best for everyone in the hospital, trying to keep people safe and a complaint like this is made.
“Personally I find it offensive that someone is offended that much by the Union Jack.”
In response, a spokesman for University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust confirmed staff were told to remove the flag from their uniforms following a complaint.
He said: “We were contacted recently by a member of the public who saw security officers at the Bristol Royal Infirmary wearing Union Jack flag patches on their uniforms.
Bristol Royal Infirmary, one of Britain's oldest hospitals
"The member of the public commended the security staff on how well they dealt with a difficult incident and asked about a union jack patch that they had on their uniforms as they had not seen it before on an NHS uniform.
“Our trust policy says that uniforms cannot be altered or personalised and that only professional badge adornments are permitted.
"Security staff were therefore reminded of this and asked to remove any non-authorised badges or symbols from their uniforms.
"We also shared with them compliment from the member of public.”