Stafford nurses struck off

Two nurses from Stafford Hospital have been struck off after a Nursing and Midwifery Council tribunal, the nursing regulator has confirmed.

Nursing and Midwifery Council still examining the cases of three other people who worked at Stafford Hospital

Two nurses who worked for Stafford Hospital were struck off yesterday Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Nursing and Midwifery Council which struck off two nurses who worked for Stafford Hospital has confirmed that it is still examining the cases of three other people who worked there.

Mid Staffordshire Trust was at the centre of a public inquiry after it was found that poor care could have led to the deaths of hundreds of patients.

Sharon Turner and Tracey White were struck off yesterday after a misconduct hearing ruled that their fitness to practise was impaired. The council was told Sharon Turner used foul mouthed language about patients and was abusive to colleagues.

In addition, both women inaccurately recorded patient discharge times from accident and emergency to meet targets.

The council said it could make a decision on the charges against Jan Harry, a director of nursing, and next week it could decide the future of two other senior nurses.

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History of 'serious failings' at Stafford Hospital

In February 2013, a public inquiry found that failings at Stafford Hospital contributed to the deaths of hundreds of patients.

Its chair, Robert Francis QC, said there had been a "failure of the NHS system at every level" and made 290 recommendations in his 1,782 page report.

Robert Francis QC's report on the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Credit: Press Association

The report strongly criticised local health authorities and the trust board, but it did not blame any one individual or organisation.

Read: Key recommendations of NHS Mid Staffordshire public inquiry

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Nurse refused to help undress an elderly patient

Tracy White is one of two nurses at scandal-hit Stafford Hospital that have been struck of the nursing register today, after being found guilty of misconduct.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council ruled that Ms White's fitness to practice was impaired after she refused to help a senior nurse undress an elderly patient and called her a "naughty little monkey" for not taking drugs to treat constipation.

The nurse worked in the accident and emergency department of Stafford Hospital.

It also found that in relation to a patient who had attended A&E following a termination, Ms White said words to the effect of: "she can wait, if you can do that to your baby".

Between July 2000 and July 2010, the nurse also inaccurately recorded patient discharge times from A&E, and ordered other colleagues to follow her example, the panel found.

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Stafford Hospital nurse 'still employed' by NHS trust

The Foundation Trust which runs Stafford Hospital has confirmed it still employs one of the two nurses who has been struck off after a Nursing and Midwifery Council tribunal.

"Tracy White is still employed by the Trust and has been working as a clinical site manager.

‘We will now take time to give careful consideration to the Nursing and Midwifery Council panel’s decision.

‘Sharon Turner is no longer employed by the Trust. She left her Emergency Department Sister post in September 2009."

– Maggie Oldham, Chief Executive at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

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Stafford nurse 'used foul language about patients'

Accident and emergency nurse Sharon Turner has been struck off after a Nursing and Midwifery Council tribunal was found her fitness to practice was "impaired".

In addition to using foul language about patients and falsifying waiting time data, she also threatened to make a colleague's life "hell", and made racially-motivated comments about doctors, the nursing regulator ruled.