1. ITV Report

Midwife decision adjourned

A hearing has been told that a midwife from west Cumbria "utterly disregarded" patients' needs after being found guilty of 30 incidents of misconduct.

Diana Warwick dropped a baby on its head and nearly electrocuted a pregnant woman in a birthing pool.

It happened while she was working at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven. She faces being struck off or suspended.

Diana Warwick worked at the West Cumberland Hospital as a midwife from May 2005 till April 2006.

But in less than a year, she was involved in 30 separate incidents which were so alarming that the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust reported her to the Nursing and Midwifery council.

Among those 30 incident, the most serious ones were that she dropped a baby from a metal cot onto a hard floor landing on its face and head.

Also that she was monitoring a pregnant woman in a birthing pool with what's known as a cardiotacography machine which she had plugged into the mains just two feet away from the pool that was obviously full of water.

She should have used a hand-held battery operated device.

At a tribunal in London the nursing and midwifery council heard that these were fundamental and basic mistakes.

She was accused of utterly disregarding patients' needs and a lack of competence.

Among other incidents reported were that she failed to take blood pressure readings when she was supposed to, that she shouted at a pregnant woman and that she used medical body wipes to clean her own shoes.

Today North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust confirmed that she in fact she died work here at the West Cumberland Hospital.

Diana Warwick was not employed by North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and was on a return to practice placement when she worked at West Cumberland Hospital.

– Spokesperson, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Warwick's only explanation for her behaviour at the time was that she was preoccupied because of the illness of her mother.

The case has been adjourned until June.