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Mid Staffs nurses struck off register

Two nurses who worked at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust have been struck off the nursing register for falsifying A&E discharge times. 

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) said that Tracey-Ann White and Sharon Turner had brought nursing into “serious disrepute”. 

The tribunal found that White and Turner had falsely recorded discharge times between 2000 and 2010 in order to hit the four-hour waiting time target. 

White currently works with the trust as a clinical site manager, while Turner left in September 2009. 

Trust chief executive Maggie Oldham, said: "We will now take time to give careful consideration to the Nursing and Midwifery Council panel's decision."

The fitness to practice tribunal was told that Turner had racially abused some junior doctors and used abusive language about patients. 

White refused to help a senior nurse undress an elderly patient, the panel was told. 

Both nurses have denied all allegations. 

Helene Donnelly, a former nurse at Stafford told the BBC: "I think that many nurses work extremely hard and it is sad that a few have given nursing a bad name.

"All patients have the right to receive the highest standard of care and all staff should be able to feel they are truly listened to, supported and protected if they raise concerns."

The failings of care at Mid Staffordshire hospitals were the subject of a public inquiry, led by Robert Francis.