A registered nurse who failed to administer appropriate treatments to a dying man and a woman with Parkinson’s Disease has been struck off.
Muhammad Saleem was originally given a 12-month suspension order by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) watchdog in July 2015 following the incidents at White Ash Brook Care Home in Oswaldtwistle .
The Observer reported last year how Mr 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’.
The conduct and competency hearing was told during the next shift nurses found her to be ‘noticeably bleeding’ and she was taken to hospital.
The panel was also told about a second incident when visiting district nurses reported Mr Saleem to the care home over his failure to administer prescribed medication.
Mr Saleem has now been given a ‘striking off’ order by the NMC after a three-strong panel reviewed his suspension.
A report by the NMC committee said Mr Saleem had ‘failed to act upon any of the recommendations made by the original substantive hearing panel’ and there was no evidence he had ‘developed any insight into his actions or made any attempts to remedy his practice’.
The panel said there remains a ‘significant risk of harm to the public’ and Mr Saleem’s ‘fitness to practice remains impaired’.
Edward Lucas, chair of the panel, said: “This panel determined that Mr Saleem has failed to demonstrate insight or remorse and has not provided evidence of insight into his actions and their impact, nor has he acted upon any of the recommendations made by the original substantive hearing panel.
“Mr Saleem’s complete non-engagement in this regard has led the panel to conclude that a further suspension order is no longer appropriate or proportionate and would not serve a useful purpose.
“The panel noted and was extremely concerned by the lack of evidence demonstrating that Mr Saleem had taken any steps to address the failings which had led to his suspension. The panel concluded that a striking off order is the only appropriate and proportionate order in the circumstances of this case.”