How soon before this happens in the U.S. too? Hospital moved RAF sergeant over fears his uniform would upset patients Saturday 26 September 2015 08.26 BST Last modified on Saturday 26 September 2015 10.51 BST Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother hospital in Margate, Kent, has since apologised to aircraft engineer Mark Prendeville Aircraft engineer Mark Prendeville, 38, was taken to A&E after chemicals from a fire extinguisher got in to his eyes during a training exercise. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images A hospital has apologised after an injured RAF sergeant was moved out of a hospital waiting room because staff thought his uniform would upset other patients. Aircraft engineer Sgt Mark Prendeville, 38, was taken to accident and emergency at Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother hospital in Margate, Kent, after chemicals from a fire extinguisher got in to his eyes during a training exercise. The sergeant, who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was taken to an empty corner of the waiting room before being moved behind a corner by hospital staff, the Sun reported. His family was allegedly told by hospital workers that “they didn’t want to upset people” and “have lots of different cultures coming in”. A number of veterans and military figures have spoken out against Prendeville’s treatment. Former chief of the air staff Sir Michael Graydon described the incident as disappointing. “I would have thought, regardless of whether he had his uniform on or not, it was more important to deal with the situation, which was the chap had something very unpleasant happen to him, and he should be dealt with immediately,” he said. “Moving him to other rooms in the danger of offending people strikes me of getting the priorities absolutely wrong.” Former RAF navigator Flt Lt John Nichol said he was appalled, and told the newspaper: “This is horrifying, you should be treated differently for wearing a uniform, you should be lauded because you’re wearing uniform, you should be celebrated for wearing uniform.” A spokesman for East Kent University hospitals NHS foundation trust apologised to Prendeville for “any embarrassment”. “A member of the armed forces in uniform attended our A&E and was asked by a member of staff if he wanted to sit inside the department rather than the waiting room,” he told the Sun. “This employee was acting in good faith because previously, there had been an altercation between a member of the public and a different member of the armed forces in uniform.” Prendeville was training at RAF Manston, Kent, when the accident happened on Wednesday.