Two nurses at the scandal-hit Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust have been struck off following a tribunal hearing.
Sharon Turner and Tracey White, who worked in the hospital’s accident and emergency department, were found guilty of misconduct by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
The panel heard that Ms Turner used foul language about patients and made racist remarks about fellow staff members at the hospital.
Threatened to make colleague’s life ‘hell’
Determining the facts of the case against Ms Turner, the panel ruled that she had spoken about patients and staff in an “inappropriate manner” on various occasions between December 2003 and October 2009.
This included comments made about one male nurse that she would “would make his life hell and get rid of him in six months”. When the nurse was admitted to hospital after taking an overdose, the panel heard Ms Turner said words to the effect of: “He should have taken a few more pills and done the job properly.”
The panel ruled that she had made racially motivated comments about junior Asian doctors at the hospital, calling them “suicide bombers” and accusing them of carrying bombs.
It was also found that Ms Turner had falsified waiting times data to make it appear as though the trust was meeting its A&E targets and told staff to move patients to wards with “soiled sheets”.
The NMC ruled that the fitness to practise of both nurses was “impaired”.
Hospital investigated over medical negligence
Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust has been at the centre of a public inquiry after it was found that poor care could have led to hundreds of deaths as a result of maltreatment and medical negligence.
An inquiry uncovered “appalling and unnecessary suffering” among patients, with many left lying in their own urine, forced to drink water from vases or given the wrong medication.
Date Published: July 27, 2013
Author: David Brown