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The Authority reaches agreement with Nursing and Midwifery Council on Winterbourne View case

The Authority appealed against a decision by a Nursing and Midwifery Council panel in respect of a nurse working at a hospital for adults with a learning disability. Allegations against the registrant included that the registrant had punched a patient, breaking the patient’s jaw and had restrained another using a duvet.  
The Authority may refer a case to the relevant court if it considers that a relevant decision (a finding, penalty or both) is not sufficient for the protection of the public. The case was due to be heard at Court on 1 May. However, the Nursing and Midwifery Council has agreed that the case will remitted to an NMC panel to reconsider. The Authority is satisfied that the matters that were of most concern, the alleged punch to the jaw and use of a duvet as a means of restraint will now be reconsidered.


Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care 

Contact: Christine Braithwaite

Director Standards and Policy

Reception: 020 7389 8030

Notes to editors

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