Whiston Hospital nurse turned up for work ‘drunk and slurring her words’

Whiston Hospital
Whiston Hospital

A nurse has been struck off after turning up to work drunk, a panel has heard.

Lyn Brown turned up to work at Whiston Hospital on January 20, 2012, late, smelling of alcohol and was slurring her words, a panel for the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) heard.

A further allegation that Brown failed to co-operate with the NMC’s investigation into her fitness to practice by failing to attend one or more appointments with an independent medical examiner (UKIM) was also found proved.

Brown was originally given a suspension order for the offence last year but after reviewing this and her behaviour since, the panel decided to remove her name from the NMC register.

A report following a hearing this month explains that the review panel considered what has been said at the original hearing.

The first panel said: “In January 2012, Ms Brown did not accept responsibility for her actions and appeared to have no insight.

“The panel took into account Ms Brown’s responses to the allegations dated 27 February 2014. She did not provide any evidence of remorse or provide the panel with any reflection on the facts found proved.

“In the absence of this, the panel considered that Ms Brown has not grasped the potential implications of her actions in relation to her patients, her colleagues and the profession.

“It considered that Ms Brown had tried to minimise personal responsibility for her actions and had deflected blame on to one work colleague in particular.

“Ms Brown has not engaged with the NMC or UKIM throughout these proceedings.

“Given the lack of any evidence from Ms Brown, in particular regarding any steps she may have taken to address her health problems or any testimonials, the panel considered that it could not rule out the risk of repetition.”

The panel at the initial hearing concluded that it could not be satisfied that Brown would not repeat the misconduct and that the suspension order would give her time to reflect on the seriousness of her conduct.

But the review panel concluded that Brown’s fitness to practice remained impaired because of her limited engagement with the NMC

The report reads that the review panel concluded: “The panel has no evidence before it that Ms Brown has addressed her failings, nor whether she has developed sufficient insight.

“Given the nature and seriousness of this case and Ms Brown’s lack of remediation and limited insight and the potential to put patients at unwarranted risk of harm, the panel had no doubt that the public would expect a finding of current impairment.”

Brown may not apply for restoration until five years after the date that this decision takes effect.