Janice Harry had been the director of nursing at Stafford Hospital, which in recent years was at the centre of a scandal concerning poor care and high mortality rates amongst patients. Ms Harry was accused of a number of charges relating to poor management, including failing to ensure proper staffing levels were kept, that the required standards of hygiene and standards of patient dignity were met and that there was adequate provision of nutrition and fluids. There were also allegations of creating a culture which discouraged staff from reporting problems.
A disciplinary tribunal of the NMC Conduct and Competence Committee found Ms Harry to have put patients in danger through mismanagement and gave her a five year caution. The PSA was due to appeal in the High Court to argue that the decision of the disciplinary tribunal was too lenient, but the NMC has now agreed that this was the case, leading to Ms Harry’s removal from the NMC’s register.
Fenella Morris QC and Peter Mant acted for the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) in this case.
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