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NMC to investigate nurse accused of 'inappropriate relationships'


A cancer care specialist who was sacked by the hospital in which she worked has been told her case will be investigated by the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

Sara Dale, 39, of King’s Lynn, Norfolk, worked as a nurse at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn in a post paid for by a cancer charity. She was sacked in January because of allegations about “inappropriate relationships” with the widows of patients.

The council, which registers and regulates nurses, is due to begin its investigation shortly.

“Sara Dale was employed by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Trust as a palliative care nurse from 1998,” said a spokeswoman for Macmillan Cancer Care.

“This is a post that was created and funded by Macmillan for two years. There are over 4,500 Macmillan health professionals in the UK who last year alone gave much-needed support and care to nearly half a million cancer patients and their families.

“We expect our health professionals to adopt the highest standards of care and adhere to the strictest codes of professionalism.”

Ms Dale could not be contacted for a comment, although a friend said she is denying the allegations.


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  • At the end of the day these men were not this Nurses patients, nor did she start any relationship whilst the patients were under her care.

    Why the hell was she sacked because of this? I suspect it is as a result of one or more spiteful, bitchy colleagues, (an all too common occurence in Nursing). And what the hell do the media and the NMC think they are doing sticking their noses in? It is none of their damn business what she does OUTSIDE of work!

    Unfortunately I fear this will become yet another story of witch hunting by the NMC.

    But the more serious overtones of this deserve mentioning, exactly where do our so called 'regulators' draw the line? Are we not allowed a private life? Are we not allowed a life away from the wards? Are we expected to lock ourselves away in an abstinence cupboard when we go home? This is a very serious and potentially career ruining stance the NMC takes and it is about time we all stood up and told them to keep their damn noses out!

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  • did she have relationships with the widows i.e. wives of former male patients or widowers who where the husbands of former female patients? very confusing!

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  • we don't know the full details of the case from both sides and are not in a position to make judgements over the behaviour of others unless they are doing harm to others or acting without their informed consent and it is none of our business anyway. Why do the nursing powers meddle so much in nurses' private lives and what goes on outside the workplace if it is not causing harm to others. No wonder Britain can't recriut and retain nurses and the authorities don't always appreciate the good ones they have and treat them extremely badly and with a total lack of respect. It seems employers can just suspend or sack anybody at a whim without full knowledge of the facts and regardless of the financial and psychological damage to and future consequences on the lives of their victims. I would have thought professional regulatory bodies are there to protect their highly valuable nursing resources as well as the general public. Why are Brits always so concerned with the private lives of others and so busy meddling instead of looking after their own affairs and providing the best quality service. Is it guilt and projection of their own behaviour onto others?

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  • i agree its another 'witch hunt' something that is a growing beast in the NHS

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  • i agree its another 'witch hunt' something that is a growing beast in the NHS

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