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BEHIND BARS: NURSE AND ASSISTANT PRACTITIONER PUNISHED FOR PATIENT SEDATION PLOT

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A registered nurse, Catherine Hudson, and assistant practitioner, Charlotte Wilmot, have been sentenced to seven and three years in jail, respectively, for administering drugs to patients at Blackpool Victoria Hospital between April 2017 and November 2018. The purpose of drugging the patients was purportedly to “keep them quiet and compliant,” creating what the individuals involved referred to as an “easy life” during their work shifts.

The pair, who also joked about causing harm to a patient via text messages, administered drugs like Zopiclone without a clinical need. During sentencing, Judge Robert Altham highlighted the severity of the breach of trust, stating, “You were in a position of trust and responsibility. You offended against vulnerable people in your care over a significant period. You were the lead offender.”

In addition to the jail sentences for Hudson and Wilmot, Ms. Hudson’s partner, former nurse Marek Grabienowski, was sentenced to 14 months for conspiring to steal drugs from his employer and perverting the course of justice. Matthew Pover and Victoria Holehouse also faced legal consequences.

Judge Altham emphasized the betrayal of trust and the potential harm caused, especially to elderly stroke patients, due to the inappropriate sedation. Detective Chief Inspector Jill Johnston of Lancashire Police expressed concern over the lack of care and compassion displayed by Hudson and Wilmot, emphasizing that their actions posed serious risks and undermined the fundamental principles of patient safety and dignity within healthcare.

The incident has raised concerns about the potential impact on public confidence in the NHS, with Detective Chief Inspector Johnston stating, “Everyone should be safe in the hospital, receive the care they need, and be treated with dignity and respect.”

Source: Nursing Notes

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