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 March and if you have any suggestions for next month (without being unnecessarily rude, please).
DR Congo massacre: ‘My daughter was slashed with a machete’
For those who watched the BBC News on 27 March may have seen a hard-hitting report about the latest village caught up in the ongoing violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The report, by BBC Africa editor Fergal Keane, featured an interview with Jean-Marie Lombu, the last nurse still at his hospital near the village of Maze, where he was treating a seriously ill child with malaria. The report, which noted that clinical staff had been killed in previous massacres, said he was one of only 52 colleagues remaining at Drodro Hospital in the North East of the country. “I stayed to save the lives of the people who remain here,” he said. “If all of us nurses leave it will be bad for the population.”
Guy’s Hospital locksmith jailed for defrauding NHS of nearly £600,000
Source: NHS Counter Fraud Authority
In the first ever conviction by the NHS Counter Fraud Authority since it was established in November 2017, the chief locksmith at a major London hospital has been jailed for six years for defrauding the NHS out of £600,000. Andrew Taylor used his position at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust to purchase locksmith materials from his own firm at up to 1,200% over market rates. Mr Taylor, 55, from Ondine Road, Dulwich, was found guilty at Inner London Crown Court, of fraud by abuse of position. “Andrew Taylor exploited his position at Guy’s and St Thomas’ to satisfy his own greed and personal lifestyle,” said Sue Frith, the authority’s interim chief executive.