Nurse abused patients at Sunderland hospitals, hearing told

Norma Murwira

Norma Murwira

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AN AGENCY nurse threatened to have a patient dragged out of the room, pinned down and injected, a tribunal heard.

Norma Murwira snapped at the man when he asked for his medication, telling him “you will have it when I’m good and ready”, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) hearing was told.

When the patient, referred to as Service User B, interrupted her as she chatted to another patient, Murwina allegedly told him: “If you don’t shut up, I’ll have you dragged into another room, restrained, pinned down and I’ll inject you”.

Murwira was working for South of Tyne and Wearside Mental Health NHS Trust at the time of the alleged incident in October 2007.

She then failed to inform her recruitment agency, Nursing Personnel, after she was suspended from the trust just a week later.

The NMC also heard how Murwira blocked the taxi of a wheelchair-bound patient, referred to as Service User A, with her car at Sunderland Royal Hospital on August 23, 2006.

Helen Fleck, for the NMC, said: “Service User A was being dropped off with his daughter at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

“Ms Murwira blocked the taxi with her car and a conversation took place, during which she is alleged to have told Service User A’s daughter to ‘stop behaving like a victim’.

“Hospital CCTV footage of the incident shows Service User A’s daughter becoming upset, and it appears that she was then comforted by her mother.”

Ms Fleck said Murwira threatened to have Service User B injected on October 16. She said: “He asked for his medication and Ms Murwira told him ‘you will have it when I’m good and ready’.

“Later on that day, she was having a discussion with a different patient, who is not part of this investigation, and when he intervened, Ms Murwira threatened to take him to another room and inject him.”

Jan Grey, who led the probe into Murwira’s alleged misconduct, told how City Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Sunderland Royal Hospital, refused to hand over footage of the nurse blocking the patient’s taxi.

Murwira admits preventing Service User A from entering Sunderland Royal Hospital by blocking his taxi with her car. She denies telling the patient’s daughter that she was “behaving like a victim”.

She admits telling Service User B that he could have his medication when she was “good and ready” and threatening to have him dragged to another room, restrained, pinned down and injected.

Murwira also admits failing to inform Nursing Personnel that she had been suspended but denies dishonesty.

If her fitness to practise is found to be impaired by reason of misconduct she could be struck off.

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