A former director of nursing at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust has been struck off the nursing register after reaching a legal agreement.
Janice Harry, who is now retired, worked at the scandal hit trust between 1998 and 2006, when many of the high profile care failings there were judged to have occurred.
The announcement on Tuesday evening regarding her registration came just hours before an appeal of her case was due to be heard at the High Court today.
The Professional Standards Authority, which oversees the Nursing and Midwifery Council and other professional regulators, lodged an appeal at the High Court in December.
Its intervention came after an NMC conduct and competence committee decided in November to only issue Ms Harry with a five-year caution.
This was despite the panel finding her actions while director and chief nurse responsible for nursing at Mid Staffordshire had endangered patients, and that she had shown no insight into her failings.
The NMC agreed that the decision made by its panel was “unduly lenient” and the PSA’s appeal was allowed.
Ms Harry this week consented to be removed from the NMC’s register.
NMC chief executive and registrar Jackie Smith said: “We are pleased to confirm a legal agreement has been reached between the NMC, Professional
Standards Authority and Janice Harry, which will lead to her being struck off the nursing register.”
“We had previously raised concerns about the sanction imposed by an independent panel in November 2013, and took immediate steps to refer it to the PSA for review,” she said.
“The case raised important issues about the responsibility of nurses who hold senior management positions and their duty to ensure the protection of the public,” she added.
PSA chief executive Harry Cayton said: “This is the right outcome. Senior clinicians should be held to account when there are serious failings in patient
care for which they are responsible.
“The authority will continue to appeal the regulators’ fitness to practise decisions when it considers they are unduly lenient.”
In December, a High Court judge granted a last minute injunction to stop Ms Harry’s registration from lapsing, which would have prevention further disciplinary action being taken against her.
The NMC first heard evidence against Ms Harry in March last year but her case was twice adjourned.
In February 2013, another former director of nursing at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust was cleared of any wrong-doing by the NMC.
Helen Moss took on the role at the trust in December 2006 and resigned from her job at the end of 2009. An NMC investigating committee deemed there was “no case to answer”.
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