Our thanks to Mike P for this. Nurses and midwives will be able to cause the death of patients, and not suffer any consequences. The start of the piece in yesterday’s Telegraph:
Nurses and midwives will rarely be subject to public misconduct hearings and could avoid any sanctions for errors if they admit blunders early, under controversial new plans.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) wants to replace “cumbersome and adversarial” fitness to practice processes with a system that could mean most cases being heard behind closed doors.
Under the draft strategy, nurses who might currently expect to be struck off could continue working if they admit failings early and convince the watchdog that they have learnt their lessons. [J4MB: We can be very sure they will invariably “convince the watchdog”.]
Such an approach will apply even in the most grave cases, including those which resulted in patient deaths, [J4MB emphasis] the regulator’s head said.
Jackie Smith, NMC chief executive, said the plans, which would mean full hearings held “only in exceptional circumstances,” were an attempt to protect patient safety without “punishing” nurses and midwives for mistakes.