Nursing and Midwifery Council strike off second Winterbourne View nurse
A SECOND nurse who was jailed for his part in the abuse scandal at a Hambrook hospital has been struck off.
Sookalingum Appoo was sentenced to six months in prison last October after admitting three charges of willful neglect whilst working as a charge nurse at Winterbourne View private hospital.
The 60-year-old, of Dial Lane, Downend, had stood by while a 20-year-old patient with significant physical problems and profound learning difficulties was subjected to degrading, cruel and inhuman treatment on two occasions in March 2011. At Bristol Crown Court he was said to have laughed when he came upon the patient in the shower fully clothed being taunted by several care workers.
Mr Appoo was one of six former care workers who were imprisoned after the abuse scandal was revealed by the BBC’s Panorama programme.
A further five support workers were handed suspended sentences for their part in the abuse which Bristol Crown Court recorder Judge Neil Ford called a ‘culture of cruelty’.
In a hearing of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, a panel found there was a ‘substantial risk’ of Appoo carrying out similar offences.
They said Mr Appoo, who had nearly four decades of experience in the nursing profession, had breached the fundamental principles of the profession and his actions had brought nursing into disrepute.
A report said: "The panel considered that the convictions, and in particular the facts surrounding them, which were directly related to his practice as a registered nurse and treatment of residents, brought the reputation of the profession to disrepute.
"The panel considered that the protection of the public and the importance of upholding proper standards of conduct in the profession and in the Nursing and Midwifery Council as regulator is such that it has no hesitation in finding that Mr Appoo's fitness to practise is currently impaired by reason of his conviction."
It added: “The panel is also of the view that there remains a continuing risk to the public were Mr Appoo allowed to continue practising as a nurse.
“Mr Appoo’s conduct was completely unjustifiable and thr panel must make it clear that such prolonged and serious failings are wholly unacceptable.”
Mr Appoo was not present or represented at the hearing in London on Friday (August 30).
The panel was told by Barry Dooley, of the NMC legal team, that Mr Appoo had displayed no signs of remorse for his actions and had provided no evidence of remediation into conduct.
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