More Bridgend nurses suspended over false records allegations
Three nurses at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend have been charged with further counts of wilful neglect.
Lauro Bertulano, 44, Clare Cahill, 41, and Rebecca Jones, 29, were already facing charges under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 relating to the alleged falsification of patient records.
The three – who have been suspended by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board since last year – answered police bail yesterday and were charged with the fresh counts relating to six additional patients.
They are due to appear before Bridgend Magistrates’ Court on Monday, July 28.
“Police officers have contacted all of the patients or the families of those patients concerned to keep them fully informed of developments,” said a statement from South Wales Police.
Meanwhile, it emerged another nurse at the Princess of Wales had been suspended as part of the health board’s ongoing internal investigation into blood glucometry record-keeping anomalies.
The suspension – announced today – brings the total number of nurses suspended to 15, including the three who have been charged.
Fourteen of the nurses are from the Princess of Wales with the remaining one from nearby Morriston Hospital in Swansea.
The internal investigation relates to historic patient records but the health board said it was also carrying out checks of current record-keeping procedures.
“The health board is carrying out audits and spot checks of blood glucometry record-keeping across all of its hospitals,” it said a statement.
“These continue and have been under way following the issues around blood glucometry record-keeping, which emerged early in 2013,” it added. “We continue to assist South Wales Police with their investigation.”