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Nurse escapes being struck off over MMR jab

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A registered nurse who gave MMR to a four-year-old girl with Down’s Syndrome against her parent’s wishes has been handed a caution by the NMC.

Zubaida Khan, a 58-year-old registered nurse and midwife from Hanwell, London, administered the vaccine in September 2005 while employed as a practice nurse at the Florence Road Surgery.

An NMC disciplinary panel decided last week that she had broken the code of conduct by not gaining consent before giving treatment and that, as a result, her fitness to practice was impaired.

‘We find that Ms Khan ignored the fundamental principle of informed consent,’ an NMC statement said.

‘The registrant’s written account of events states that she attempted to speak to the mother on the telephone, which we find indicates that the registrant knew that she did not have the parent’s consent to administer the combined MMR vaccination,’ it added.

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