A NURSING assistant investigated over sectarian and homophobic tweets is "no longer employed" by Glasgow's health board, it has emerged.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde launched an inquiry after a series of posts were published in the name of Royal Infirmary worker Collette Docherty using offensive language including orange b*******.

One of the tweets said: “A woman’s place is not at home, the fight for freedom is still goes on, I took up my gun until freedoms day, I pledged to fight for the IRA.”

In another post there was reference to a ‘Poppy loving pr***” while the homophobic term p*** was written in another. 

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The Twitter account was later removed.

The Glasgow Times went to the nursing assistant’s home in Bargeddie at the time of the incidents in August last year to give her an opportunity to respond to the claims. She denied she worked for Glasgow Royal Infirmary and threatened to call the police.

However a spokeswoman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde confirmed that an investigation was being carried out in the employee's social media conduct. That inquiry has now concluded.

A spokesman for the health board said: “This person is no longer employed by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.”

NHSGGC declined to say if disciplinary action had been taken as a result of the investigation.

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NHS social media policy states that employees posting material which may incite hatred will be subject to Disciplinary Policy and other associated policies such as Dignity at Work.

In July last year, Twitter announced it was updating its policies to address hateful language directed at religious groups. It lays out specific examples of content targeting members of religious groups that should be removed if reported.