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Nurse struck off for assaulting patient

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A Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) disciplinary committee has struck off a nurse accused of assaulting a patient at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

The NMC said Joanna Hamlin, a 33-year-old former nurse, had “breached one of the fundamental tenets of the nursing profession”.

Miss Hamlin was alleged to have pushed a “disorientated” patient into her room before shouting at and slapping her.

The defendant had written to NHS Highland to say she had been “scared”, and that the patient had struck her first.

But the committee upheld the allegations against Miss Hamlin and said she had brought the profession into disrepute.

Committee chair Judith Worthington said: “The panel has taken into account the need to protect individual patients and the collective need to maintain confidence in the profession, as well as declaring and upholding proper standards of conduct and behaviour. The registrant’s behaviour in this case has fallen well below the behaviour expected of a member of the nursing profession.”

Miss Hamlin did not attend the hearing, but it was decided to continue in her absence. She will be allowed to appeal the decision.

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