Nurse accused of baby overdose 'errors' can carry on working
A NURSE who helped treat twins who died from a huge overdose of morphine at scandal-hit Stafford Hospital has been allowed to keep working.
Joanne Thompson admitted a series of charges before a Nursing and Midwifery Council disciplinary hearing in London this week but denied others.
But the panel yesterday ruled her fitness to practice 'was not impaired.'
An inquest into the deaths of the twins, Alfie and Harry McQuillan, of Stafford, who died in November 2010, heard they were given an 'excessive' dose of morphine hours after their birth at Stafford hospital. The babies were born at 27 weeks.
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The panel heard that the brothers received almost ten times the required dose of the drug.
Thompson, a senior nurse in the hospital's special care baby unit, was accused of allowing a more junior nurse, Lisa Lucas, prepare for the administration of the drug and/or administer it to the twins with the help of a junior doctor who was insufficiently experienced.
The NMC panel found this claim was not proved.
The nurse admitted not being present during the whole morphine administration process, that she did not check it was properly diluted, and she did not call for medical help to check the administration. She denied a series of other charges which questioned her fitness to practise.
In its ruling, the panel congratulated Thompson on being a 'highly competent nurse', and dismissed the allegations.
Last month's publication of the Francis inquiry into failings at Stafford hospital showed that up to 1,200 patients died between 2005 and 2009 as a result of poor care.