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Nursing tribunal hears allegations of nipple-tweaking

Published date: 07 January 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A SENIOR nurse responsible for teaching students inflicted pain on patients and colleagues by tweaking their nipples, a hearing was told.

Alan Currie was also allegedly caught mocking a patient who suffered from cerebral palsy by making hand gestures and saying: ‘When you go swimming, you swim like this’.

Currie also told a patient to ‘f-off’ while working as a lead nurse on the Rosewood Unit at Bowmere Hospital, Chester, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) heard yesterday.

“It’s important to note he worked in a managerial role and he also worked in a role where he was responsible for students,” said Barnaby Hone for the NMC.

“You have various counts of nipple-tweaking a colleague... it should be noted it was not a sexual nipple-tweaking, it was normally thought of as painful,” he said.

He added: “The action in charges two and three relate to his treatment of Patient B, who had cerebral palsy.”

Currie had mimicked the patient and there was alleged ‘inappropriate touching’ of the patient when Currie clasped the patient’s leg in April 2010, the tribunal heard.

“This course of action took place over a long period of time breached the fundamental tenets of the profession.”

But Currie had responded to the allegations with a lack of remorse and a lack of insight, said Mr Hone.

“You might find that any of these incidents, if they were isolated, would be relatively minor - not minor but relatively - but together they are extremely serious.”

Currie is facing a series of allegations including tweaking the nipples of colleagues and patients and mocking a cerebral palsy sufferer.

The nurse, who is not attending the hearing in central London and has not sent a representative, has made no formal admissions to the charges – alleged to have taken place between December 2009 and June 2010.

If found guilty of misconduct, Currie could be suspended or thrown out of the profession.

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