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‘Drunk at work’ nurse struck off

Lancashire Telegraph: ‘Drunk at work’ nurse struck off ‘Drunk at work’ nurse struck off

A NURSE has been struck off for being drunk at work and assaulting a woman while off-duty.

Stephen Colgan, who worked with people with learning disabilities, was found to have put residents at unwarranted risk of harm and brought the profession into disrepute after a Nursing and Midwifery Council panel hearing.

The charges brought by the NMC, one of misconduct and one of being found guilty of committing assault by beating, related to separate incidents.

The hearing was told how Mr Colgan assaulted a woman while not at work, for which Calderdale magistrates subjected him to a community order, a restraining order and ordered him to pay £200 victim compensation on March 28, 2013.

On the same day, while on duty and acting as deputy manager, Mr Colgan was seen ‘behaving oddly’ by the nurse manager and deputy chief executive at Asquith Hall Nursing Home, Todmorden.

A report from the NMC’s Conduct and Competence Committee meeting said: “Both challenged Mr Colgan as to whether he had been drinking alcohol as he presented as somebody who had.

“Mr Colgan repeatedly stated that he had not. Mr Colgan was then asked whether he would be willing to do a breathalyser test as they needed some reassurance that his behaviour was not due to alcohol and he agreed. The reading from the breathalyser showed a high level of alcohol in Mr Colgan’s blood.

“Mr Colgan then broke down and admitted that he had been drinking, walked out of the building with them and took them to a bin where he had disposed the bottle of alcohol that he had been drinking from.”

Mr Colgan was suspended from the Burnley Road home pending a disciplinary hearing on April 8, 2013 where he said: “I am ashamed and cannot account for anything other than I have let myself down.”

At that meeting, Mr Colgan was dismissed on the grounds of misconduct.

At the hearing, it was concluded Mr Colgan’s conduct ‘fell far below the standards expected of a registered nurse’.

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12:03pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Steven Seagull says...

How could a breathalyser test have shown a high level of alcohol in his blood?
How could a breathalyser test have shown a high level of alcohol in his blood? Steven Seagull
  • Score: -39

4:48pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Steven Seagull says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
How could a breathalyser test have shown a high level of alcohol in his blood?
Minus 6 thumbs???
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: How could a breathalyser test have shown a high level of alcohol in his blood?[/p][/quote]Minus 6 thumbs??? Steven Seagull
  • Score: -18

6:16pm Mon 9 Jun 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
How could a breathalyser test have shown a high level of alcohol in his blood?
Minus 6 thumbs???
Think maybe understanding the meaning of breathalyser and their usage could be the problem here !! LOL
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: How could a breathalyser test have shown a high level of alcohol in his blood?[/p][/quote]Minus 6 thumbs???[/p][/quote]Think maybe understanding the meaning of breathalyser and their usage could be the problem here !! LOL ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 44

11:22pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Steven11 says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
How could a breathalyser test have shown a high level of alcohol in his blood?
Minus 6 thumbs???
No ten and counting .
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: How could a breathalyser test have shown a high level of alcohol in his blood?[/p][/quote]Minus 6 thumbs???[/p][/quote]No ten and counting . Steven11
  • Score: 31

11:40pm Mon 9 Jun 14

glossopkid says...

Did his employers try to find out why he had drank at work. Was it a cry for help? It seems the employers duty of care towards the employee was minimum.
Did his employers try to find out why he had drank at work. Was it a cry for help? It seems the employers duty of care towards the employee was minimum. glossopkid
  • Score: -37

11:44pm Mon 9 Jun 14

noddy57 says...

Looks like she was never in contention for employee of the year award.
Looks like she was never in contention for employee of the year award. noddy57
  • Score: -27

8:53am Tue 10 Jun 14

Chris P Bacon says...

noddy57 wrote:
Looks like she was never in contention for employee of the year award.
Stephen\s a 'she' is he? Read the story before commenting or it'll make you look dim.
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: Looks like she was never in contention for employee of the year award.[/p][/quote]Stephen\s a 'she' is he? Read the story before commenting or it'll make you look dim. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 33

3:49pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Shorty Medlocke says...

All he had to do was claim he was an alcoholic and the company would have had to offer him support to overcome his addiction. I can think of several people I have known in the NHS for example who did this and got away with it.
All he had to do was claim he was an alcoholic and the company would have had to offer him support to overcome his addiction. I can think of several people I have known in the NHS for example who did this and got away with it. Shorty Medlocke
  • Score: -17

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