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Ex-staffordshire nurse struck off after numerous complaints

Posted in: Medical Negligence Wrongful & Accidental Death 

Following the Stafford Hospital scandal in 2009, the director of nursing has agreed to be removed from the register.  Janice Harry, the most senior nurse of the hospital, had been given a five-year caution after other members of staff made multiple allegations against her. Recently retired, Janice Harry has come to an agreement with the nursing watchdog NMC to have her name removed from the nursing register. By removing herself, Ms Harry will no longer be permitted to work as a nurse in the UK.

The Stafford Hospital scandal first came to the pubic fore when the Healthcare Commission published a report concerning the hospital in March 2009. The investigation had been sparked by numerous complaints regarding the service of the hospital, coupled by the fact that statistics highlighted that more people were dying at the hospital than expected. The investigation discovered “appalling” standards.

‘Bullying colleagues’

As the investigation probed the reasoning behind these failures, nursing director Janice Harry was found to be causing multiple problems. It was discovered that Ms Harry was endangering the lives of patients by not ensuring that adequate staffing levels were maintained, and she was also accused of bullying other staff members.

Jackie Smith, chief executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, said: “We are pleased to confirm a legal agreement has been reached between the NMC, Professional Standards Authority (PSA) and Janice Harry, which will lead to her being struck off the nursing register.

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