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Who are our heroes and villains for January 2019?

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Do you agree with our choice for this month’s hero and villain?

Welcome to our section called Heroes and Villains.

Heroes and Villains

Heroes and Villains

Each month, we take a 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 January and if you have any suggestions for next month (without being unnecessarily rude, please).



John Worth

John Worth

Student nurse John Worth on BBC Inside Out West

A passionate student nurse who worked a 65-hour week just to make ends meet has featured in a hard-hitting documentary. John Worth, an undergraduate at the University of the West of England, spoke to BBC Inside Out West about the impact of the end of student bursaries in England. The camera followed him as he tried to juggle university lectures, strenuous work placements and a full-time job. “All this work doesn’t leave me much time for my studies and I don’t think that’s fair,” he said Mr Worth, who has carried out a petition calling for student nurses to be paid during their work placements. BBC Inside Out West was aired on 28 January and is now available on iPlayer.



Parking permit

Disabled blue badge

Agency nurse Joe Debrah was struck off last month after stealing a disabled patient’s parking badge from a hospital car park. Mr Debrah, 47, took the blue badge from Maidstone Hospital to park his car at another hospital in Kent in October 2015. He was also found by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to have inappropriately administered medication to a patient and failed to flush a cannula when administering an unknown substance. But it was theft of the blue badge that made the newspaper headlines. The NMC panel concluded that “to say that this incident was not linked to your clinical practice would be incorrect as the theft took place in a hospital car park from a vulnerable person and was displayed in another hospital car park”.

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  • Is this what Nursing Times has become now? A forum to "name and shame" people? If someone has done something wrong, then the NMC will process them and publish the outcome of the hearing on their website. It is not the job of this publication to publicly shame people under the guise of "news" and then canvass readers to submit further stories to include. What is next? Throwing rotten vegetables at people in the stocks?

    I think it's time to cancel my subscription.

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