Nurse struck off for threats and abuse at Sunderland hospital

Norma Murwira

Norma Murwira

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AN AGENCY nurse who threatened to have a patient dragged out of a room, pinned down and injected has been struck off.

Norma Murwira snapped at the man when he asked for his medication, saying: “you will have it when I’m good and ready”, a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) panel heard.

Murwira – who received a suspended sentence for child cruelty in 2009 – was working for South of Tyne and Wearside Mental Health NHS Trust at the time of the incident in October 2007.

NMC panel chairman Stephen Barker said Murwira had potentially damaged any future care of the patient.

Murwira also blocked the taxi of a wheelchair-bound patient with her car, at Sunderland Royal Hospital in 2006, the hearing was told.

Mr Barker said: “Ms Murwira behaved inappropriately towards the daughter of an elderly and frail patient.

“There was no justification or excuse for this behaviour and in the panel’s view this conduct, occurring in the hospital grounds and delaying the patient’s return to his ward, was conduct unworthy of a nurse and brought the reputation of the professions into disrepute.

He added: “Her misconduct put the safety of vulnerable patients at risk.

“Ms Murwira failed to appreciate the seriousness of her misconduct or express any remorse.

“The panel has therefore determined that, if Ms Murwira were to maintain her registration, patients would be put at risk of harm.”