Scandal hospital nurses struck off

Two nurses who worked for a scandal-hit hospital have been struck off the nursing register after being found guilty of misconduct.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) ruled the fitness to practise of accident and emergency nurses Sharon Turner and Tracey White was "impaired".

An independent misconduct hearing was told that Ms Turner used foul-mouthed language about patients and threatened to make her colleague's life "hell".

Ms Turner also made racially motivated comments about doctors at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and falsified A&E waiting times data, the panel heard.

The panel ruled that on various occasions between December 2003 and October 2009, when Ms Turner worked at the trust, she spoke about patients and staff in an "inappropriate manner".

With respect to one male nurse, Ms Turner said she would "would make his life hell and get rid of him in six months" and "would drive him to drink and he would be out of here".

And when he was admitted to hospital after taking an overdose, she said words to the effect of: "He should have taken a few more pills and done the job properly", the panel was told. She also reportedly said: "I don't care if she lives or dies" when another colleague was taken to hospital with a head injury.

Determining the facts of the case against Ms Turner, the panel also ruled that she uttered racially motivated comments about Asian junior doctors, accusing them of carrying bombs in their rucksacks or calling them "suicide bombers".

The panel also judged that she inaccurately recorded patient discharge times, so it would appear the trust was meeting A&E targets, and instructed staff to transfer patients to wards with "soiled sheets".

Ms White refused to help a senior nurse undress an elderly patient and called her a ''naughty little monkey'' for not taking drugs to treat constipation. They also found that in relation to a patient who had attended A&E following a termination of their pregnancy, Ms White said words to the effect of: "she can wait, if you can do that to your baby".