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Three nurses charged with wilful neglect in Wales

Three hospital nurses have been charged with wilful neglect following a police investigation into alleged record-keeping anomalies.

South Wales Police confirmed Lauro Bertulano, 44, Clare Cahill, 41 and Rebecca Jones, 29, have been charged on suspicion of falsifying patients’ notes at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, contrary to Section 44 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

All three nurses, from the Bridgend area, have been suspended since last year and are due to appear before magistrates next month.

A spokesman for the hospital, which is run by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, said it was aware of the charges.

The hospital had previously confirmed that its internal systems picked up alleged anomalies last year regarding the record-keeping of a small number of nurses.

A total of 13 nurses have since been suspended, including the three who have been charged.

A dozen of those are from the Princess of Wales Hospital, with the remaining one from nearby Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

The hospital spokesman said: “Over the last 15 months three nurses have been arrested and given police bail in connection with police investigations at the Princess of Wales Hospital. We are aware that the three have now been charged.

“Clearly this matter is now sub-judice and therefore we will not be commenting further at this stage. We continue to assist South Wales Police with their investigations,” he said.

A police spokesman said the three nurses are scheduled to appear before Bridgend Magistrates’ Court on 28 July.

Readers' comments (6)

  • michael stone

    I hope the police/CPS get the charge right for this one: section 44 makes it an offence to 'ill-treat or willfully neglect' a mentally-incapable person who is in your care.

    Falsifying notes is 'an indirect' behaviour (in other words, it might, to my mind, support the charge of ill-treatment or willful neglect, but I'm not sure that it necessarily proves that), and I hope there isn't too much 'wriggle room' there ?

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  • Pussy

    I would like to know what these anomalies are, indeed wouldn't we all?

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  • or who asked/pushed them to falsify these records?

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  • What is the NMC's position on this. It is unfortunate that we have senior nurses do worst things than this, but because the management sleep it under the carpet an, any report report of neglect and falsifying document with clear and hardcore evidence is ignored by NMC, simply because the hospital manager say they don't have a problem. Is the NMC code of Conduct reliance on Hospital managers who themselves are included in the neglect, abuse of patient, falsifying document and poor record keeping to owe up?. That must be a joke. Frontline nurses who deliver care as prescribed and raise concern on bad practices are always victim, and be hold no one to help them.

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  • In this industry we will always balance between the abuse and neglect.

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  • It is not before time concern and conviction was a consequence to falsification of medical notes...the NHS and care home staff do not even bother to be professional about the alterations they make; obviously apparent because the staff involved believe that they would never be caught because:- who cares anyway?..all that matters is that they manage to cover up their own inadequacy at the expense of the patient's safety and the provision of adequate and appropriate healthcare.
    There are no words to equal this overt, frequent, criminal practice.

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