Burnley nurse accused of bullying care home residents

A WHEELCHAIR-bound pensioner was taken outside a care home wearing only her nightdress as punishment for banging on a chair, a tribunal heard.

Nurse Bilquees Akhtar also shouted at a suspected stroke patient for not taking his pills and tried to ram them down his throat so forcefully he had to be taken to hospital.

She told one resident her husband was “a pig” and routinely called her colleagues names, it was claimed.

Jessica Holmes for the Nursing and Midwifery Council, told a hearing in London yesterday: “The registrant (Akhtar) was overheard shouting at a resident because she had been heard banging on her chair.

“As a result the registrant wheeled her outside in her night clothes and left her there to cool off as a punishment.”

In another incident the nurse was called to treat an elderly man suspected to be suffering from a stroke.

Ms Holmes said: “His speech was slurred and he was incredibly upset. The registrant tried to administer medication having not referred to the medication chart.

“The resident spat out the medication she had attempted to give him on a number of occasions, but she continued to try and put this medication into his mouth shouting at him to take it.

“The resident was later rushed to hospital by paramedics.”

She also shouted “very close to the face” of another resident, described as “confused and vulnerable” who had tried to hide her pills under her leg, it was said.

Akhtar was eventually sacked by The Grove Care Home in Burnley, in January 2011, after staff wrote a joint letter complaining about her behaviour.

Her colleagues at the 38-bed home for mentally ill and disabled residents accused her of routinely abusing them as well as bullying residents.

Ms Holmes said: “On one occasion a resident who had mental difficulties called her a pig.

“She responded by turning round and saying “you”, then realising other staff members were listening, saying “your husband is a pig”.”

The nurse is also accused of serious clinical errors, including making a patient wait five minutes for crucial first-aid because she did not know whether there was a “do not resuscitate” order in place.

The nurse is not attending a central London hearing, which could see her kicked out of the profession if the panel find her guilty of misconduct.

She has entered no pleas to the charges, but claimed in her internal disciplinary that the allegations were motivated by racial prejudice.

Proceeding.

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