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Former director struck off

A former nursing home director has been struck off for failing to protect the vulnerable people in her care.

According to the Caerphilly Observer, Christine Ann Hayes worked as the Director of Nursing at Caerphilly Local Health Board (Wales) between 2003 - 2006, and moved patients to Brithdir Nursing Home despite concerns over care standards.

The home, which provided care for up to 40 residents including those with dementia, mental infirmity and learning difficulties, was shut down in 2006 after multiple investigations by the Protection for Vulnerable Adults.

Lead by Mr Stephan Redmond, a panel for The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) found the misconduct charges against Hayes proved on Friday Jan 16th.

Concerns were raised about Hayes' actions during Operation Jasmine, an investigation carried out by Gwent Police into allegations of neglect in care homes.

The hearing lasted several weeks and the panel was told how residents suffered from pressure sores and poor nutrition while in the care of the home.

Hayes was charged with continuing to fund nursing placements at Brithdir, despite concerns about care as well as failing to implement sufficient safeguards to ensure that funded residents received adequate standards of nursing.

Mr Redmond said: “The only sanction, in the panel's judgment, which would be sufficient to protect the public interest was a striking-off order.

“Public confidence in the nursing profession and its regulatory process can only be sustained if you were removed from the register.”