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Who are our heroes and villains for May 2018?

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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

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 May and if you have any suggestions for next month (without being unnecessarily rude, please).



A community paediatric nurse adopted a baby who was admitted to her ward with an incurable disease after no-one else offered to foster him. Sarah Ruane, 54, began the adoption process for Josh Burdall, who has congenital myotonic dystrophy, when he was one month old and expected to live for no more than a year. “He looked straight into my eyes. It was at that moment I felt love like no other,” she told the Independent newspaper. Seven years on, and the nurse from East Yorkshire is trying to raise funds to find a cure for his condition.



A nurse and four healthcare assistants were convicted last month for their involvement in a fraud conspiracy that was masterminded by a recruitment agent. Nurse Violet Nhende and the others were sentenced at Kingston-Upon-Hull Crown Court on 18 May for conspiracy to defraud. The agent encouraged them to submit large numbers of fraudulent timesheets to the recruitment agency. The total loss to the NHS was £72,991, according to the NHS Counter Fraud Authority. Various hospitals were targeted, including Scunthorpe General, Royal Blackburn, Shrewsbury and Darlington.

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