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Mid Staffs suspends worker over taped dummy incident

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Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust has suspended a member of staff after a dummy was found taped onto a baby’s face.

The revelation represents fresh trouble for the trust, ahead of the imminent publication of the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust public inquiry report and question marks over its financial sustainability raised by the regulator Monitor earlier this week.

In a statement, Colin Ovington, the trust’s director of nursing and midwifery, said: “Fortunately, the baby was unharmed.  The incident is under investigation by the police and so we are unable to give any more information at the moment. 

“A member of staff has been suspended pending the outcome of the Police investigation and the Trust’s investigation under our disciplinary policy.”

He added: “We have a zero tolerance approach to poor patient care and we take immediate, appropriate action as soon as we know about any potential serious incidents which happen in our hospitals.”

In a statement, Staffordshire Police said: “Officers from our Protecting Vulnerable People Department are at the very early stages of investigating a complaint concerning the treatment of a baby boy by a member of staff at Stafford Hospital earlier this month.

“The baby boy, who was four months old at the time, was not harmed as a result. We are liaising closely with his family and the NHS Trust concerning the matter.”

Robert Francis QC has revealed his public inquiry report will be published on 6 February.

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  • michael stone

    You honestly wouldn't expect this type of story - even if somehow it has been 'scrambled' - to emerge from somewhere under as much existing scrutiny as Mid Staffs, would you ?!

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  • you wouldn't expect in anywhere in a hospital or involving registered nurses, would you?

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  • Tinkerbell

    Argghhhh! Hopefully staff at Mid staffs now feel safe to report their moron colleagues.

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  • it is hc professionals who should undergo regular mental health tests rather than their patients of a certain age!

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  • Appalling, as a RSCN I am shocked and saddened to read this.

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  • Appalling. Thank goodness they have Colin in charge everyone needs to be very clear he will not stand for this I know I have worked with him. Staff should be empowered to deal with this disgraceful type of behaviour in any trust not just Mid Staffs. Sadly until we get our recruitment right & staff are confident to challenge there will always be someone somewhere who thinks the 'rules' of compassion & caring does not apply to them.

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    tinkerbell | 25-Jan-2013 6:01 pm

    I've just read something about this in the DT - I'm fairly sure a Mid Staffs nurse said 'we are proud that we now take action and immediately report this sort of thing' (rather misses the obvious point that this particular incident presumably should never have occurred).

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  • Tinkerbell

    (rather misses the obvious point that this particular incident presumably should never have occurred).
    DH Agent - as if ! | 26-Jan-2013 10:48 am

    Yes but these things and worse do happen and are happening aren't they, which is the whole point.

    To work in an environment where one feels safe to report their concerns of bad practice, bad culture, is in the words of Neil Armstrong

    'one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind'.

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  • Tinkerbell

    NMC suspends nurse after meningitis baby death error - NT article
    - makes me wonder what you have to do to get 'struck off'. When you display a total contempt for another humans suffering you only get suspended.

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  • if you murder somebody intentionally you only get a few years in prison

    if you kill or badly injure people on the road because you were careless or chatting on your mobile you hardly get punished at all

    what about the poor woman who stopped to help at an accident. two of the injured asked if they could wait in her car for the ambulance. when she turned round she saw the fire brigade had cut the roof off her Audi to get the two wounded out as they were frightened to move them in case they had spinal injuries - no question of letting them get out the way they got in! Their insurances refused to pay for the women to replace her car!

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