Nurse cleared of making patient punch himself

Care home: John Murray had been working at Priory Park in Penwortham
Care home: John Murray had been working at Priory Park in Penwortham
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A nurse has been cleared of making a pensioner punch himself in the face and ordering care home residents to bed against their will.

John Murray allegedly restrained the ‘startled’ pensioner who had lashed out at him during the night shift of 30 January last year.

It was claimed Murray grabbed the elderly dementia sufferer by the wrists and made him punch himself in the face.

The nurse was further accused of snoozing through the night shift after ordering residents to bed at the Priory Park Care Home in Penwortham, near Preston.

Carer Angela Tyson told the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard she was ‘horrified’ by what she saw when she worked with Murray for the first time.

But Murray denied the allegations made against him which related to a single shift in a 36-year long career.

The fitness to practice panel said they preferred Murray’s version of events over Mrs Tyson’s and cleared the nurse of the charges.

Murray was further cleared of charges that he lifted one elderly woman by the legs to clean her and left a soiled man for day staff to clean.

They found Murray to be a ‘credible and consistent’ witness and accepted his evidence.

He admitted one charge of failing to administer or sign for tramadol at Walton House in Preston on 2 January last year.

But panel chairman Emma Boothroyd said the ‘one-off’ incident was not serious enough to warrant a finding of misconduct and freed the nurse to return to work.

She said: “The panel noted that you admitted the charge from the outset of these NMC proceedings, demonstrating that you take full responsibility for your omission and have insight into your conduct.

“There is nothing before the panel to indicate that, in not administering tramadol to Resident F, you caused this resident any harm.

“The panel was of the view that this was a one-off and isolated medication omission in an otherwise unblemished career of some 36 years.”

Murray was employed as an agency nurse by NYS Nursing Agency at the time of the allegations.

He left the two-day hearing in London with an unblemished record.