Berkshire midwife struck off for misconduct

A midwife has been struck off after a series of failures which led to a serious breach in her duty of care.

Rachel Goode, who worked at Royal Berkshire Hospital, did not make sufficient notes about a baby in 2005, who later died.

She also made similar mistakes with a second patient and failed to record observations and inform colleagues about two others.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council found her guilty of misconduct.

It also removed her name from the nursing register after finding her fitness to practise was impaired, during the hearing in central London on Monday.

'Grave doubts'

The panel commented that all four charges involved "serious failures" to make adequate records and that the 52-year-old was guilty of a "serious breach" of her duty of care to her patients.

The council said: "Furthermore, the panel takes the view that there would be a substantial continuing risk to the safety of patients if the registrant were able to remain on the register."

It said it had "grave doubts" as to whether Ms Goode had sufficient insight with regard to the nature of her misconduct.

"The panel's conclusion is that the registrant's continued registration would represent a serious continuing risk to the safety of patients," it added.

"The panel has decided it is necessary to make an interim suspension order for 18 months, in the public interest and for the protection of the public."

Although Ms Goode said she had met objectives set by a supervisor, it was found the level of competence was below the standard of a midwife within her grade.

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