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Appeal request by former Mid Staffs nurses dismissed

The High Court has dismissed an appeal by two former Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust nurses who were struck off for misconduct and altering accident and emergency waiting times.

Sharon Turner and Tracy White launched their appeal bid at the High Court on Tuesday. It followed a decision in July by a Nursing and Midwifery Council panel to ban them both from practising.

The pair were found guilty of a string of offences including bullying of colleagues, poor care and dishonesty.  The fitness to practise panel concluded both had brought the profession into disrepute.

The High Court told Nursing Times that the appeal bid had failed, although the formal judgement has not yet been released by the court.

A spokeswoman for the Royal Courts of Justice said: “The Admin Court Office (the part of the High Court that hears these statutory appeals) has confirmed that both appeals were dismissed by Mr Justice Mitting yesterday.”

Stafford Hospital A&E department

Reacting to the court decision an NMC spokeswoman said: “We contested this appeal because the case raised serious issues of public protection.

“We are pleased that the judge has upheld the panel’s original decision to strike Ms White and Ms Turner from the register.”

She added: “We will consider the judge’s comments in detail, and any lessons learnt from this case will be shared across the NMC and with fitness to practise panel members.”

Both Ms Turner and Ms White were working as sisters in Stafford Hospital’s A&E department during the time “hundreds” of patients suffered appalling care and were the subject of a complaint by whistleblowing nurse Helene Donnelly, who was bullied and threatened as a result.

The appeal bid was funded by the Royal College of Nursing, which also represented both nurses during the NMC process. The RCN said it would not comment on individual cases.


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Readers' comments (2)

  • "bullying of colleagues, poor care and dishonesty" WOW That relates to a lot of managers Ive worked for, even my last one. Who do I report them to? Can I do it online? Seriously, scalps were needed and theirs were chosen.

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  • I agree that many managers are bullies and intimidate staff. They can use the system to get nurses into grouble. They are not honest as Valerie says. Maybe it's time for nurses to start blowing the whistle on their boses who show these traits and see whether the system will hold them accountable.

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