Nursing home boss struck off after cruelty conviction

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A FORMER St Helens nursing home boss has been struck off after he admitted subjecting an elderly dementia sufferer to a humiliating campaign of abuse.

Ex-clinical manager David Hill was jailed for six months last summer after he pleaded guilty to ill-treating 85-year-old Dorothy Tunstall on the 30-bed dementia unit at the Victoria Nursing Home in Rainford.

Liverpool Crown Court heard at the time how Mrs Tunstall, who died last April, was force fed during a three-month period in early 2009.

She also had water squirted at her through a syringe, yoghurt dripped on her face and, on occasion, Hill would even suspend Mrs Tunstall in a hoist and spin her around for his own amusement.

But the culprit was rumbled when other nursing home staff reported the degrading treatment he was dishing out.

And Hill, formerly of Cowley Hill Lane, St Helens, has now been struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The NMC explained that, despite Hill’s absence from the hearing in London last Tuesday (August 23), an 18-month interim suspension order was required “for the protection of the public and in the public interest”.

NMC representatives reported: “This was a gross breach of trust by the registrant (Hill) in his position caring for vulnerable patients.

“He has shown no insight or expressed a genuine apology and he caused an extremely vulnerable patient direct harm on a number of occasions.

“The registrant was in a senior position of authority - entrusted with the care of elderly vulnerable patients who were unable to look after themselves or speak for themselves.

“He abused that authority and abused the trust of his patient by subjecting her to degrading and humiliating treatment, which is fundamentally incompatible with the nursing profession. The only propertionate sanction is to strike the registrant off the register.”