Slap case nurse is struck off

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A DONCASTER care home manager who forced patients with learning disabilities to slap a woman in the face has been struck off for her ‘gross breach of trust’.

Jane Harris, aged 46, used residents’ hands to ‘punish’ the 46-year-old for pulling people’s hair, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.

Colleagues reported the abuse after the patients were left visibly distressed, and Harris was later charged with wilful ill-treatment.

In 2009 she became only the second person to be convicted under the provisions of the new Mental Capacity Act.

Harris, who has 23 years of nursing experience, was given a six month suspended prison sentence for each offence, and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

Now she has been was banned from the nursing profession at a hearing which ruled a striking off order was the ‘only proper and proportionate sanction’ in the circumstances.

Panel chairman Helen Mwbakwe said: “This is a serious breach of trust in a clinical setting which caused harm to patients.

“The registrant was convicted of offences of ill treating patients in her care, and the panel considered this breached a fundamental tenet of the profession and brought the profession into disrepute.

“The registrant was also guilty of a gross breach of the trust placed in her both as a nurse and a manager.”

John Lucarotti, for the NMC, said three separate incidents had taken place while Harris was working as the manager of a care home at Travis Gardens in Hexthorpe, Doncaster.

Harris, of Priory Close, Conisbrough, did not attend the hearing or make any formal admissions to the charges.

In a letter sent to the NMC, she wrote: “I feel whatever I have to say will have no bearing on the actions you will have to take within your procedures.”

The facts of the criminal conviction were found proved. The panel ruled she had breached ‘fundamental tenets’ of the profession.