Sunday 7 November 2010
The Nurse and 'Service User A'
There's nothing like a good Daily Mail story to brighten the day.
A psychiatric nurse, who gave a patient topless massages during a four-month affair, has been struck off. The 42-year-old patient, who was injured in a motorcyle accident and suffered from depression, said the nurse was a 'big girl' and he was frightened of her.
He had once been her landlord and they met again when he was referred to North-West Shropshire's Community Mental Health Team in May 2007 suffering from depression. 'Service User A' also stated he 'didn't find her attractive'.
The panel chairman Lesley White said Roger-Hughes actions with the patient impacted not only impacted on 'Service User A' but his family and partner. 'The registrant has sown little insight into the impact that a sexual relationship would have on the health and wellbeing of a vulnerable patient and his family.
'This is not an isolated incident, the relationship was maintained over a period of months.
'Moreover, the behaviour was deliberate'.
Roger-Hughes, who left her post in January 2008, referred the case to the NMC herself. She did not attend the Central London hearing and had previously written to the regulator saying she no longer wished to be a nurse.
I'm wondering why it took Service User A four months before reporting the sexual relationship, especially since he didn't find her attractive and also why the chairman mentioned the 'behaviour was deliberate'. Surely a four month affair is deliberate. Am I missing something? No sniggering please.