The owners of a care home in York where a nurse was found guilty of abuse charges have condemned the actions and behaviour of their former employee Christina Cooper.
Cooper was found guilty of ten out of twelve abuse charges, including branding a patient "an animal" and shoving a patient's soiled sheet in his face.
The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution has issued the following statement:
"The RMBI has today learnt that Ms Christine Cooper has been found guilty of misconduct towards residents at Connaught Court care home in York.
"The RMBI fully condemns the actions and behaviour of Ms Cooper during this period, which were entirely inappropriate and contrary to the high standards expected for all members of our staff.
"In line with our established policies and internal procedures for fully investigating and thus dealing with such matters, Ms Cooper was suspended immediately from duty and the relevant regulatory authorities were informed.
"Following the full investigation by the authorities and the RMBI, Ms Cooper was subsequently dismissed from RMBI employment on the grounds of gross misconduct. The RMBI continues to uphold this decision.
"The RMBI is committed to providing quality care to all of its residents whose safety and well being is of paramount importance, and takes its responsibility for safeguarding vulnerable adults very seriously.
"As such, the RMBI adopt a zero tolerance policy in respect of the rare occasions where that trust is broken, to ensure that staff behaviour reflect our core values.