Do you agree with our choice for this month’s hero and villain?
Welcome to our slightly tongue-in-cheek section called Heroes and Villains.
Heroes and Villains
Each month, we take a generally light-hearted look at who have been the stand-out “goodies” and the “baddies” for nursing and healthcare over the last few weeks.
Let us know if you agree with our choices for August and if you have any suggestions for next month (without being unnecessarily rude, please).
Carolyn Clayton-Baker has been rightly praised by senior nurses for protecting patients during a violent incident earlier this year at University Hospitals of Leicester Trust. She was among staff highlighted for their “exceptional bravery” in helping protect patients when a man wielding a knife went on the rampage in the emergency department waiting room. Yusuf Aka was sentenced to five years imprisonment last month, having pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm and other offences. Among those who confronted Mr Aka was nurse Ms Clayton-Baker who shepherded terrified patients out of his way. CCTV footage of the incident shows her approaching him at one point, giving a person in a wheelchair time to escape. Ms Clayton-Baker maintained she was just doing her job.
Senior NHS manager Royston Dyke, 58, led a gang who used £650,000 of taxpayers’ money to fund luxury refurbishments on their homes. Mr Dyke, who was jailed in May along with three accomplices, was described as treating his trust as his “personal cash machine”. Last month, a judge lifted reporting restrictions which mean the fraud can now be reported. The prosecution said Mr Dyke was responsible for overseeing project managers engaged in estate works at Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundations Trust. But he led a plot to siphon off cash from the trust’s coffers by raising purchase orders for work costing small amounts of money that did not need extra authorisation, the BBC reported. Judge Mark Horton said: “The reason for this fraud is both tragic and simple – one in the end of grotesque greed.”