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Nurse suspended for putting photographs of patients in surgery on Facebook


A nurse has reportedly been suspended after putting photos of patients having operations on social networking website facebook.

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The pictures, which were posted on Facebook, were thought to have been taken at a Glasgow hospital, the Daily Record reported.

Patients are not thought to be identifiable from the pictures, according to the newspaper.

A source told the paper: “Most, if not all, of the other staff were completely unaware this was happening.

“But the room where they were taken was able to be identified from the NHS insignia in the background.”

The paper claimed the member of staff who put the images on the social networking site was a nurse.

A spokeswoman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “We can confirm a member of staff has been suspended pending an internal investigation.”


Readers' comments (25)

  • Maxine Berry

    She should be sacked! I can't believe that someone would even do that. Patients need dignity and respect and to take pictures of them while they are under anesthesia is not only unethical but morally wrong. The lawsuits that could come of this are horrendous, and I hope that the nurse in question or staff in question loose their registration and their right to practice.

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  • Yes, that is very unethical and to think nurses are thought to keep the patients privacy at all times. I did not see the actual photos but even without looking at it, it is not good as a nurse. I hope that it will be a lesson not only to the nurse involve but to all of us. We should have empathy and respect not only to our patients but to all living things above on earth.

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  • My God! That nurse should be brought back to schooling. Didn't that nurse know the nurse's jurisprudence and the patient's bill of rights? The nurse was so unprofessional.

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  • stupid is as stupid does...

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  • I am speechless this person is an idiot not a nurse

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  • I can't believe anyone would take photos, never mind posting them on a networking site!! Why did she do it?? Did she honestly think that was ok to do?

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  • I think it is totally disgusting that he/she could even think of doing something like this. NO if NO buts this nurse should be removed from the register never to be trusted in this valuable profession again!!.

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  • How stupid. Why on earth would anybody want to put pictures on about work at all ??? Why would anybody be taking any pictures at work. Obviously not doing her job. Should be sacked on 2 accounts - not doing her job and for breaching patients privacy and dignity. It is disgusting. Facebook is a network site for keeping in touch with friends

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  • Steve Williams

    To play Devil's advocate, just for a moment, I am just wondering why she did such a crazy thing and then why did she do such an crazier thing as posting them on an idiots blog like FaceBook?

    Did she - perhaps - have some misguided idea that she was "whistleblowing" about NHS conditions?

    Remember, it was just 6 months or so ago that we were all praising the lady who took a camera with her to work for the "Panorama" TV programme.

    Whatever her motivation - noble or self-publicising... she is way out of line... Posting ethically dubious material on FaceBook is for sensationalist, ADS, terminally bewildered dummies....

    Whatever they do to her - she deserves a lot more. She breached every tenet that our profession is founded upon.

    I Hope it doesn't go to the Nurses Professional Body - it should go straight to the police force first!

    What are we coming to?


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  • I think the Nurse in question should be sacked immediately.I was astounded that the Nurse was only suspended.No matter what any judicial enquiry may determine, the fact that a Nurse in a professional capacity would even contemplate such a blatant mindless act of professional misconduct and stupidity should be struck off the professional register.

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