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Nurse Alan Haugh cleared of misconduct
A YORK nurse accused of swearing at a female colleague and mistreating patients has been cleared of misconduct.
Alan Haugh was accused of a string of allegations in 2008 and 2009, while employed as a registered nurse by North Yorkshire and York NHS Trust.
He was accused of using profanities against support worker Amanda Jackson and making an insulting remark when she challenged him about cancelling an appointment with a dementia patient while he was watching an episode of Lost on DVD at Ripon and District Community Hospital.
However, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) hearing into his conduct found the main witness was “prone to exaggeration” and cleared him of the allegation.
He was found guilty of viewing the American drama while on duty, but the panel cleared him of misconduct because this would not have harmed his patients.
Haugh was suspended from working at Moorlands Care Home in Strensall during hearings over the matter, but the care home could not confirm whether he was now returning to work.
NMC panel chair Lucinda Barnett said Ms Jackson was an “unreliable witness who was prone to exaggeration and gave evidence in a confrontational and emotive manner.”
She said: “The panel found it was common ground between the parties that prior to this night, you had a good working relationship with Ms Jackson and knew each other on Facebook.”
Earlier Haugh told the hearing he had told off Ms Jackson when they were at an incontinent patient’s home and he did not think she had responded to an urgent matter quickly enough.
Ms Jackson had claimed Haugh neglected his duties while on an evening shift on January 16, 2009, and that he spent the first 30 minutes of his shift ringing round to cancel home visits. She alleged Haugh then grabbed a portable DVD player from his car and viewed an episode of Lost.
When she questioned whether he should cancel the appointment of an elderly dementia patient living alone she had alleged he said: “I don’t care if they complain”.
Haugh, who attended the central London hearing, admitted failing to follow the correct procedure when flushing out a Hickman line, and that he did not make the correct note in a care plan.
He also admitted that while working a shift for the Ryedale Virtual Ward on 4 September, 2009, he did not correctly insert a catheter into a patient at the Alba Rose Care Home in Ryedale.
The panel found Haugh guilty of watching a DVD and cleared him of all the remaining allegations and determined that his fitness to practice was not impaired.
Ms Barnett said that despite “identifiable weaknesses in your practice the actions were not of sufficient seriousness to be construed as misconduct.”
Speaking after the hearing Mr Haugh said: “I’m happy this has happened and I have been found not guilty of misconduct and I can move on. I hope to draw a line under it completely. I’m pleased with the judgement of the NMC.”