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No remorse from Maypole Nursing Home nurses

A SHIRLEY woman who ran the notorious Maypole Nursing Home has been struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

A SHIRLEY woman who ran the notorious Maypole Nursing Home has been struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Kathleen Smith and her colleagues Carol Bushell and Mary Casey were ruled to have been involved in a catalogue of malpractices at the nursing home.

It was announced on Wednesday that all three women had been removed from the Nurses' Register. Between them they were found to have committed 16 counts of professional misconduct.

During the NMC hearing, the nurses were questioned about a range of failings including giving residents the wrong medication and the inappropriate restraint of patients.

The panel also criticised the complete lack of remorse shown by the nurses during proceedings.

In 2002, 27 residents had died at the nursing home - which closed the following year. The GPs who owned the home were struck off in 2006.

Leslie Vines, also from Shirley, was among the residents who died in 2002 - just ten days after being admitted to the home. His family have now won their battle to hold an inquest into his death at the nursing home and were present at Wednesday's hearing.

Hazel Bicknell, Mr Vines' daughter, said:

"The NMC hearing has uncovered a lot of evidence which I wasn't previously aware of. I didn't realise just how sad the situation there was.

"I have been upset, disgusted and appalled. I wouldn't have subjected a dog to the treatment those elderly residents had to put up with."

Victoria Blankstone, from Irwin Mitchell -the law firm representing the Bicknells - said: "Although nothing can turn back the clock, Hazel and her family are thankful that the NMC carried out such a thorough and determined investigation."

A pre-hearing review into Mr Vines' death will be held on July 4...SUPL:

 

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