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Nurses closer to having their say before being banned from working with vulnerable adults and children.

Nurses and care workers are a step closer to having their side of the story heard before being banned from working with vulnerable adults and children.

An earlier ruling stated that employees must have the opportunity to make representations before they are placed on the "provisional list", which currently results in immediate exclusion from the workplace and a wait of up to a year or more before they can be heard.

But the Department of Health - who could be liable to pay millions of pounds in compensation to people who had been wrongly removed from the workforce - took the issue to the House of Lords.

Law Lords rejected the appeal, ruling it was unfair and incompatible with human rights law. The decision was welcomed by the RCN.

RCN chief executive Dr Peter Carter said: "I am delighted the highest court in the land has upheld the principle that care workers have a right to have their side of the story heard before losing their livelihoods, often for more than a whole year.

"Until now, nurses placed on the list provisionally were banned from working in any care setting - sometimes on the flimsiest of evidence or on the basis of malicious accusations, without the fundamental right to a hearing."


Readers' comments (2)

  • I am so glad this is happening, it is such a step in the right direction, but should go a lot further in my opinion.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not condoning any true mistreatment of patients or saying that unsuitable nurses should stay on the register, I am not.

    But for far too long the balance of power has been weighed too heavily in favour of the patient, with no or minimal protection for the nurse. How many good nurses have lost careers due to unfounded, malicious gossip or allegations? How many good nurses have been made to endure practical witch hunts on the flimsiest of complaints? Too many.

    It is about time Nurses got some real PROTECTION.

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  • Yes !its about time Nurses too get some protection.

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