A registered nurse has been suspended for 12 months after failing to administer appropriate treatments to a dying man and a woman suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.
Muhammad Saleem was found to have treated a woman with a deep cut to her head with a ‘small sticking plaster’ and then failed to record any further observations or complete any ‘requisite records’, a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) conduct and competency committee hearing was told.
The hearing was told during the next shift nurses found her to be ‘noticeably bleeding’ and she was taken to hospital.
The incident took place in February 2013 at White Ash Brook Care Home in Oswaldtwistle.
The panel was also told about a second incident when visiting district nurses reported Mr Saleem to the care home on Thwaites Road over his failure to administer prescribed medication.
The male resident was suffering from sickness and nausea and had been prescribed the drug Levomepromazine.
However, the panel heard how when questioned by the district nurses Mr Saleem did not know what medication to administer or what Levomepromazine was for.
When they complained about the incident the care home launched an investigation and later dismissed Mr Saleem from his role.
The charges were found to be proven by the NMC panel. They have now ordered Mr Saleem be given a 12-month suspension order.
In its findings, the panel stated: “Both charges were examples of inaction and failures on the part of Mr Saleem to provide basic nursing care to highly vulnerable patients.
“In conclusion, the panel found that Mr Saleem’s failures to provide proper care in the circumstances set out in the determination on facts were wholly unacceptable and amounted to misconduct.
“The panel considered whether there was a risk of repetition.
“The panel had no doubt that Mr Saleem’s fitness to practise was impaired at the time of the incidents, and noted that nothing new had been put before it to indicate that the situation had changed.
“The panel concluded that there was a real risk of his repeating these failings in the future if he is allowed to practice without restriction.”
White Ash Brook declined to comment when contacted by the Accrington Observer.