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Agency nurse struck off for neglecting patient

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An agency nurse has been struck off the register following his “blasé” behaviour towards a patient during a night shift.

Mr Divine Buta, from Wolverhampton, did not bother to phone an ambulance for a dying care home resident because he was annoyed at being woken up.

He told staff at Brownhills Nursing Home not to phone for emergency help, suggesting the day staff could sort it out when they arrived in the morning.

A panel at the NMC heard how the patient, known only as ‘Resident A’, had vomited, had a very weak pulse and appeared clammy and floppy.

But despite these symptoms, when another worker at the home asked if she should call 999, Mr Buta is reported to have replied: “No, no, the day staff can sort it out.”

Within minutes of the day shift starting on 8 January 2011, an ambulance was requested and the woman given emergency treatment.

After hearing the evidence, the Conduct and Competence Committee decided to strike Mr Buta from the nursing register.

Committee chair Robin Somerville accused him of “being blasé and not thinking he had done anything wrong”.

“The nurse had overall responsibility and this included administering medication and ensuring the general welfare of residents,” he said.

“Although the misconduct could be deemed to constitute a single episode, in the panel’s judgment Mr Buta’s misconduct is particularly grave.”

The findings from the investigation also revealed that Mr Buta - who did not attend the hearing - had also failed to document the patient’s poor condition in her notes.

In response, he claimed he had tried and failed to find a replacement nurse through his agency because he had felt unwell.

Routes Healthcare West Midlands, however, denied this and said there were no records of such a request on file.

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