Essex

Mid Essex Hospitals nurse Ide Warren suspended

Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford
Image caption Ide Warren worked for Mid Essex Hospitals Trust as a registered nurse.

A nurse has been suspended for 18 months by an expert panel which feared a "real risk of significant harm" to the public if she continued to work.

Ide Warren worked for Mid Essex Hospital Trust as a registered nurse looking after adult patients.

But in June last year concerns were voiced about her performance and a formal "capability" inquiry started.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has made an 18-month interim suspension order while it investigates the case.

An NMC panel, chaired by Carol Bailey, heard concerns about her nursing performance were "very wide-ranging".

'Protection of public'

They included a "failure" to follow trust standards in administering drugs, "failures in relation to catheter care and irrigation", "failing to admit a patient on to a ward" and "poor and inaccurate nursing documentation".

In making the interim order, the NMC panel said the 18-month suspension was "necessary for the protection of the public to prevent the real risk of significant harm to the health, safety and wellbeing of the public.

"The panel considers that Ms Warren's failings are very serious and relate to a long list of wide-ranging clinical concerns over a sustained period of time."

Ms Warren was not present at the hearing in London.

Deputy chief nurse Carolyn Morrice, from Mid Essex Hospital Trust, said Ms Warren stopped working there in February.

"Mid Essex Hospital Services Trust referred Ide Warren to the NMC to investigate capability and performance concerns," she said.

"We would like to reassure patients and their families that at no time was this nurse left alone to care for patients and she was continually supervised.

"We are confident patient care was not affected."

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