The Nursing Medical Council (NMC) has struck off three nurses from the register and a further six cases are currently being heard, after neglect in Welsh care homes was investigated in ‘Operation Jasmine’
The Nursing Medical Council (NMC) has struck off three nurses from the register and a further six cases are currently being heard, after neglect in Welsh care homes was investigated in ‘Operation Jasmine’.
This was a police and Health and Safety Executive investigation in Wales, which took place after there were 63 deaths in care homes and nursing homes deemed a ‘cause for concern’. The practices of attending to older people’s frailty, chronic illnesses, deteriorating health, mental distress and pain, as well as hydration, nutrition, physical comfort, personal hygiene, unexplained injuries and deep pressure ulcers were deemed necessary to investigate.
Jackie Smith, NMC chief executive and registrar, said: “We welcome the report of the review into the appalling neglect of older people in care homes investigated as Operation Jasmine. The NMC has struck off three nurses from the register and a further six cases are currently being heard.
The report made many recommendations to regulators and the government, but also called for a National Wound Registry for pressure ulcers, assisted by the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre, and senior clinicians are made responsible for notifying Public Health Wales of deep pressure ulcers. Once they have been informed of the existence of deep pressure ulcers, the report recommended a process is identified so that information is communicated to the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales or the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales and appropriate commissioning authorities, as well as to people’s families.
“We at the NMC accept that there is more we can do to speed up how we deal with complaints against nurses and midwives and we have made significant progress in this area in recent years. The NMC’s own regulator, the Professional Standards Authority, has acknowledged the improvements we’ve made in concluding fitness to practise cases more quickly, however we remain committed to seeking the vital reforms to our legislation which will allow us to further speed up how we deal with cases in the future,” she said.