Norfolk

Former Norfolk and Norwich hospital radiographer suspended

A former radiographer at a Norfolk hospital has been suspended by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for lack of competence.

The HCPC said it found a number of failings by Charles Hill at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

A panel heard he was unsure how to examine a patient with a neck injury and failed to position X-ray equipment safely in an operating theatre.

Mr Hill, who was unrepresented at the hearing, was suspended for 12 months.

There was a frequent need to repeat X-rays he had taken due to the poor quality of the initial images, which then exposed patients to elevated radiation levels, the panel was told.

Mr Hill was unable to practise without supervision, failed to ask for assistance when needed and failed to carry out instructions given to him by senior members of staff, it heard.

Panel chairman Ian Crookall said: "It was his responsibility, knowing his level of knowledge and experience, to say when he could not undertake a particular task.

"His failure to do this was reckless and endangered patient safety."

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital said Mr Hill had not been working for the hospital since November of last year.

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