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NMC backs down in row over Mid Staffs legal assessors

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council has agreed to reinstate two legal assessors who were removed by the regulator’s former chief executive Dickon Weir-Hughes.

The NMC admitted barristers William Hoskins and Paul Kilcoyne had “justifiable cause for concern” over the way they were treated when they were dismissed from the regulator’s investigation’s committee, which decides whether an allegation should proceed to full fitness to practise proceedings.

As previously revealed by Nursing Times, Mr Hoskins and Mr Kilcoyne found a group of nurses from Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust had no case to answer after being involved in the care of a woman who died after falling into a diabetic coma. Professor Weir Hughes disagreed and dismissed the two barristers.

Last year High Court judge Mr Justice Edwards ruled Professor Weir-Hughes had acted “unfairly” but did not order the barristers be reinstated. As a result, they launched a fresh legal challenge.

A High Court hearing was scheduled for 28 February but was cancelled after the two parties reached agreement out of court.

An NMC spokeswoman said: “The NMC acknowledges that the claimants had justifiable cause for concern about the way in which they were treated. The NMC is pleased to confirm that Mr Hoskins and Mr Kilcoyne will continue to act as legal assessors to the fitness to practise committees.”

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  • My goodness, so because Dickon weir Hughes wanted to hound these two nurses and the barristers said no he dismissed them?! What a nasty piece of work - good job he's gone!

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