Tribunal clears nurse of ‘racist comments’

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A nurse accused of racist comments at a Sheffield hospital has been cleared.

Beverley Dinnigan worked in the cardiothoracic operating theatre at the Northern General in Fir Vale – and was alleged to have used ‘racially motivated language’ after finding out staff at the hospital were to be redeployed.

She was accused of saying ‘there is a law or a policy somewhere saying British staff keep their jobs first’, as well as ‘they should be looking at the overseas nurses, why should British people be losing our jobs?’

However, a Nursing and Midwifery Council tribunal cleared the nurse of being racially motivated, after finding she had asked about her right to a job in a meeting.

The nurse admitted failing to acknowledge her alleged comments were racially motivated during disciplinary proceedings led by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, but all other allegations were not proved.

Rachel O’Connell, tribunal panel chairman, said Ms Dinnigan’s admission of a single charge was not enough to warrant a finding of misconduct.

Ms Dinnigan is now free to practise without restriction.