Hospital neglect nurse struck off
Monday 19th August 2013, 6:51PM BST.
A nurse whose neglect of a vulnerable patient at a scandal-hit private hospital was exposed on national television has been struck off.
Kelvin Fore, 34, was jailed in October for six months after admitting two charges of wilful neglect because he failed to report abuse at Winterbourne View care home, near Bristol.
Fore, of Middlesbrough, was secretly filmed with 10 other members of staff by an undercover journalist.
The footage formed part of a BBC Panorama programme that caused a national outcry.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has decided Fore is not fit to practise in the profession and has struck him off.
An NMC panel heard footage showed he watched while a 20-year-old woman, who had significant physical problems and profound learning difficulties, was subjected to acts of cruelty by staff, and did nothing to prevent it.
Fore, who was not at the one-day hearing in London, agreed by submission with the NMC decision to strike him off.
The panel, chaired by Stephen Redmond, said Fore’s fitness to practise was impaired by reason of his conviction.
“The panel determined that Mr Fore’s behaviour fell far below the standard expected of a registered nurse,” the panel said in a written judgment.
“He was in a position of authority in the home, witnessed the abuse of an especially vulnerable resident who lacked capacity and did nothing to prevent it.
“In failing to act as he should have done he betrayed the trust of the families of those vulnerable residents placed in his charge.
“His behaviour could rightly be described as ‘deplorable’.”