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Two Winterbourne View nurses suspended by NMC

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council has today suspended the registration of two nurses from Winterbourne View Care Home in Hambrook, which recently featured in an episode of Panorama.

In a statement, the regulator said a panel of the investigating committee had placed an interim suspension order against the registration of Mr Sookalingum Appoo and Mr Kelvin Fore, pending a full investigation into allegations of serious breaches of the NMC code of conduct.

The operator of the residential hospital, Castlebeck, had already suspended 13 staff members following allegations that carers routinely abused vulnerable adults with learning difficulties.

Police have also launched a probe and arrested four people after undercover footage of the apparent misconduct at Winterbourne View, in Bristol, was recorded by investigators for the BBC’s Panorama programme, which was broadcast earlier this month.

The secret recordings, filmed between February and March this year, appeared to show carers punching and slapping vulnerable adults, dousing them in cold water, and pinning them to the ground with chairs.

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  • Good. Lets hope they are removed from the register.

    May it serve as a stark warning to all registered nurses, that not only are they responsible for their actions but for their NON actions also.

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  • management of the organisation must have responsibility for this too.

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  • Yes it was a cultural problem within the company but as Nurses we all are individually accountable for our actions.

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  • Well done the NMC for a quick response and hope you remeove them too

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  • I agree about bad practice being dealt with in a timely and effective manner- but the above comment about management was right.
    Are they EVER held accountable for their part in in any case?
    In my experience -not

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  • Management are autocratic when it comes to staffing ratio etc and should be held to account. However these qualified nurses stood by and allowed these wicked people to amuse themselves at the expense of others. They should all be held to account!!

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  • I am pleased the code of misconduct works and sincerely hope that criminal charges are considered.

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  • No matter how ineffective the management is, registered nurses are accountable for all their actions and inactions. Bravo NMC for a speedy response.
    The nurses involved should be removed from the register, for the sake of all vulnerable patients and for our profession!

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  • Before anyone stands up to cheer do you imagine for a single moment that the NMC will pursue any senior nurse managers in the orgainisation who are ultimately RESPONSIBLE for the barbaric practice?

    Not a chance. Don't forget the NMC tried to destroy Margaret Heywood when she blew the whistle. They didn't dare to touch any of her nurse managers.

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  • totally agree anon 9.18
    its easy to take the little man out of the equation - everyones happy - management can continue about their business.

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