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Rainford nurse struck off for dementia patient abuse

A senior nurse who abused an 85-year-old woman with dementia in a Merseyside care home, has been struck off the nursing register.

A Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) hearing was told that David Hill was jailed at Liverpool Crown Court in May 2010 for mistreating a patient.

Hill served six months for the abuse at the Victoria Care Home in Rainford.

After hearing details of the conviction, the NMC ruled his fitness to practise was impaired.

Degrading and humiliating

The hearing was told that Hill, who had been the care home's clinical manager since September 2008, ill treated the vulnerable patient by trying to force feed her, flicking food at her and spinning her around in a hoist.

The NMC panel noted that the trial judge had described Hill's actions as degrading and humiliating.

It agreed with the judge that Hill had grossly abused his position of trust.

The panel said: "This behaviour would inevitably bring the nursing profession into disrepute."

It added: "There is no evidence before the panel of either insight or remorse notwithstanding the sentence to which the registrant has been subject."

The NMC imposed an 18-month interim suspension to cover the period of an appeal.

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