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Nurse lied to hospital bosses after patient death

A nurse who lied about removing one-to-one care from an elderly patient has been struck off at a tribunal.

Patricia Fawcett failed to tell her employers she had removed the care after the patient died. She also misled a coroner after an inquest was opened.

A Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing concluded Ms Fawcett had deliberately omitted to tell bosses at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust she had removed the one-to-one care and then deliberately mislead the inquest, before admitting the facts.

According to BBC News, the NMC panel concluded her conduct was “fundamentally incompatible with continuing to be a registered nurse”.

NMC panel chair Edward Lucas said: “Ms Fawcett breached the honesty and trustworthiness which are the bedrock of the nursing profession.”

The hearing heard the patient had been admitted to Barnsley General Hospital’s ward 21 in March 2008 suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

He was put under special measures – meaning he should receive round-the-clock, one-to-one care.

However, on 24th April Ms Fawcett told the nurse charged with providing that care to accompany her on a ward round.

The patient died on 27th April, sparking a hospital investigation into the care he received.

In a letter sent to the NMC Ms Fawcett said she had removed the nurse and a written risk assessment was not done.

A spokeswoman for Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said Ms Fawcett was dismissed in September 2009 due to “gross misconduct and bringing the Trust into disrepute”.

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