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More Bridgend nurses suspended over false records allegations


Three nurses at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend have been charged with further counts of wilful neglect.

Lauro Bertulano, 44, Clare Cahill, 41, and Rebecca Jones, 29, were already facing charges under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 relating to the alleged falsification of patient records.

The three – who have been suspended by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board since last year – answered police bail yesterday and were charged with the fresh counts relating to six additional patients.

They are due to appear before Bridgend Magistrates’ Court on Monday, July 28.

“Police officers have contacted all of the patients or the families of those patients concerned to keep them fully informed of developments,” said a statement from South Wales Police.

Meanwhile, it emerged another nurse at the Princess of Wales had been suspended as part of the health board’s ongoing internal investigation into blood glucometry record-keeping anomalies.

The suspension – announced today – brings the total number of nurses suspended to 15, including the three who have been charged.

Fourteen of the nurses are from the Princess of Wales with the remaining one from nearby Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

The internal investigation relates to historic patient records but the health board said it was also carrying out checks of current record-keeping procedures.

“The health board is carrying out audits and spot checks of blood glucometry record-keeping across all of its hospitals,” it said a statement.

“These continue and have been under way following the issues around blood glucometry record-keeping, which emerged early in 2013,” it added. “We continue to assist South Wales Police with their investigation.”


Readers' comments (4)

  • And yet the head of nursing Ms Victoria Franklin - who presided over this nursing workforce for over 4 years and prior to that was an Assistant Director of Nursing until last November - is not accountable for her corporate responsibility for the nursing culture in this organisation. Believe it or not but this Director of Nursing is now promoted to being a nursing officer in Welsh Government and actually has been given the lead of a project to review and create new NHS Care Standards in Wales.
    Astounding and appalling.
    For the Chief Nurse in Wales, Professor Jean White, to employ this failed Nurse Director means that Prof White does not understand accountability either. Prof White actually line manages all the NHS Health Board Nurse Directors in Wales.
    Both of their roles are now untenable and both of them should resign or be sacked Now. The Welsh public are not safe under their reign as neither understand accountability or what good nursing care actually looks like.
    There are good nurses in the NHS Wales who are desperately upset about this shameful behaviour.
    Come on Nursing Times don't stand on the sidelines.

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  • Having read above comment it beggars belief that this has been allowed to happen. It is obvious that Prof White is professionally accountable for the employment of the Nursing Director knowing what she had been involved with.
    As an English nurse I feel that we should all be giving support to our Welsh colleagues.

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  • Although I support the comments above, the matter is sub-judicae and in the absence of criminal convictions it is difficult if not impossible to pursue the line managers who under British Law are as innocent as those currently charged.

    When/if convictions are secured, things then become a lot clearer in terms of accountability and culpability.

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  • The trouble is that some NHS Trusts are papering over the cracks to appear compliant. Therefore things that should be an immediate disciplinary procedure such as falsifying notes (surely a NMC code of practice), are being 'controlled' locally for the sake of not jeopardising Foundation status or achieving other targets. I for one, have been told that my standards are 'too high'. This makes my blood boil.. if my standards are too high then what standards do the Managers think are acceptable?? Any profession can become corrupt and things then escalate.. the trouble also is that, just like those city bankers et al, the NHS management are allowed to leave, get promoted before the s*** hits the proverbial.. the people left behind have to deal with the consequences.

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