‘Blunder’ nurse banned for a year

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A NURSE described by colleagues as ‘scary’ and ‘dangerous’ because he made so many blunders has been banned from working for a year.

Mark Carney was accused of a string of mistakes over a period when he was under supervision at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield between June 2006 and November 2007, a misconduct hearing was told.

Several charges against him were found proved.

Suspending Carney, panel chairman Elspeth Metcalfe said: “There was evidence his actions could have done patients harm.”

The hearing was earlier told Carney’s lapses included attempting to give a drug orally instead of intravenously, failing to sign off drugs that had been administered, and using a pot rather than a syringe to measure dosage.

He also attempted to give the wrong drug to a patient and failed to respond with enough urgency when a patient needed morphine.

And, on December 5, 2006, Carney began a drug round despite noticing a patient’s abdomen drain - designed to clear fluid from the stomach after bowel surgery - was dripping onto the floor.

Ward sister Jacqueline Liddle said the thought of Carney, whom she mentored, looking after her mother was ‘scary’ and she thought he was ‘dangerous’.

He often became ‘argumentative’ if mistakes were pointed out, she added.