Official warning for hospital nurse drunk on duty

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A NURSE who turned up drunk for work at a Sheffield psychiatric hospital has been given an official caution.

Ernest Osei-Asibey had been partying all night before he clocked in two hours late at the private women’s Alpha Hospital, East Bank Road, Norfolk Park, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.

Osei-Asibey was based on the medium-secure Sharman Unit, caring for women with personality disorders, some of whom were alcoholics.

Three shocked co-workers witnessed the mental health nurse acting drunkenly during a shift on July 26, 2009.

Osei-Asibey - who was employed by an agency - then asked colleagues to lie for him by saying he had received an emergency call from home that his mother had died.

The nurse had been banned from driving after being caught more than three times over the limit - and was caught driving after the ban.

In January 2007, he had been given a four-month jail term, suspended for two years, and 200 hours of unpaid work, for driving his Land Rover Freelander while disqualified and without insurance.

David Bennett, for Osei-Asibey, said: “At the heart of this case is the registrant’s troubled relationship with alcohol.”

Mr Bennett said the drunken episode at the Alpha Hospital was ‘a single incident’.

“Despite his admitted issues with alcohol this was the first time it directly impacted on his work and his ability to carry out his duties,” he said.

Osei-Asibey admitted clocking into work while drunk on a single occasion.

The NMC panel ruled he was guilty of misconduct and his fitness to practise was impaired, but decided not to strike him off.

Maurice Cohen, panel chairman, said: “Your actions in attending work while under the influence of alcohol fell below the standards expected of a registered nurse.”