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NMC investigates nurse papers left on train


The Nursing and Midwifery Council has launched an investigation after one of its fitness to practise panel chairs left case papers on the train.

Winsome Levy, chair of the conduct and competence committee panel for a hearing on Wednesday, left the papers in a rucksack. The regulator said these were “quickly recovered”.

An NMC statement said: “A serving NMC panellist mislaid a rucksack for a short time during yesterday’s travel chaos.

“The contents included papers which were due to be read out in a public hearing later in the day. The rucksack and the papers were quickly recovered and returned to the person concerned.

“However we acknowledge that this was a serious incident. The chief executive [Dickon Weir-Hughes] has ordered an investigation.”


Readers' comments (7)

  • I wonder they'll face the same witchhunts they put Nurses through?

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  • In this day and age, should papers of this nature be carried in this manner. Even though the details may have been publically available, anyone reading them would not have been aware of the outcome of the case.

    Whilst l would accept that it may be necessary for papers to be read by committee members in advance of the hearing as a means of enabling them to carefully consider their approach to the case, surely this can be done electronically.

    All l hope is that there isn't a witchunt against the person concerned, and that they apply the the test of common sense, in that people are human.

    People do lose property from time to time, it does not automatically mean that they are careless. Nurses also make mistakes and that doesn't always mean that they are neglegent or unsafe practitioners.

    Let justice prevail for all concerned.

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  • Although this is human error it could be seen as a breach of the Data Protection Act that could lead to a criminal prosecution.

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  • Everyone makes mistakes!

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  • I agree with the general consensus above -- everyone make mistakes.
    I hope this person remembers this and applys this lesson when they are hearing cases of human error in the future.

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  • Why do we assume that the individual does not apply the principle of everyone makes mistake. WE are mixing upthe actins of the indivisual with those of an organisation and that is unfair

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  • for goodness sake, people are human and make mistakes. I'm sure they won't do it again.

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