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North Essex Partnership Trust

Nazi salute nurse struck off

A mental health nurse who performed Nazi salutes in front of patients has been struck off.

Stephen Johnson, who worked for North Essex Partnership Trust, was struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council in December.

The allegations relate to the period between January 2008 and October 2009, when Mr Johnson was employed by the trust as a band 6 deputy ward manager at Severalls House.

He was accused by two healthcare assistants of both inappropriate sexual and racial behavior towards staff and patients.

The NMC panel was told that one of the patients at Severalls was obsessed with Adolf Hitler and would walk about doing the Nazi salute.

Mr Johnson would “wind up” the patient in order to get him to do this by marching about goose stepping himself and doing the Nazi salute with his finger to his upper lip to demonstrate a Hitler moustache.

He also referred to a Jewish colleague, who was of Ukrainian decent, as “Hamas” and “Hezbollah”.

In addition, the NMC panel heard that he sent a colleague a text message showing a photograph of a vagina, and tried to kiss her on more than one occasion.

He also regularly touched a male patient in the genital area in front of staff and other patients.

In a statement, North Essex Partnership said: “We are pleased that the NMC have struck Mr Johnson off. His behaviour was completely unacceptable.

“The staff who complained about him have been vindicated and we thank them for coming forward, which is always difficult when a senior person behaves badly. However they faced that challenge and did the right thing.”

The statement added: “Staff came forward with their allegations on Friday 2 October 2009 and Mr Johnson was suspended on Tuesday 6 October. Mr Johnson resigned from the trust in June 2010, before he could face disciplinary action.”

Readers' comments (5)

  • George Kuchanny

    What a thoroughly unpleasant dork! Final solution may be appropriate for him perhaps?

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  • sounds as if he was not mentally balanced. dreadful for the patients and must have put the staff in a very difficult position.

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  • tinkerbell

    let's hope these 'nutters' are spread evenly amongst society and don't just gravitate into nursing.

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  • direct experience of mental illness can enhance empathy and motivation when working with the mentally ill.

    and let's not medicalise dorkness. some people are thoroughly unpleasant despite the good fortune of being sound in mind.

    on the other hand, i'm sure we've all met band 6 narcissists who don't quite meet a diagnosis, but are near enough to get up their colleagues' noses.

    whilst we should be vigilant, my guess is that fortunately, nursing is not high profile enough for many of these people. the smart ones go into banking, the stupid ones on to tv.

    a big thankyou to the whistleblowing hca's, i'd be proud to work alongside them.

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  • Another one that slipped through the net. At least he did not end up in the management nest. Feathers, anyone?

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