Three nurses who worked at a Birmingham care home where 27 residents died in a year have been found guilty of a series of misconduct allegations.
Kathleen Smith, who ran the Maypole Nursing Home, and her nurse colleagues Carol Estelle Bushell, 48, and Mary Kathleen Casey, 70, were ruled to have overseen a host of “very, very poor” practices at the Kings Heath home.
They may all now be struck off the Nursing Register.
A Nursing and Midwifery Council investigation criticised Smith, of Shirley, over a variety of issues, including her investigation into the death of a resident who choked on a mince pie.
Panel chairman Jillian Alderwick said Smith’s “confused and inconsistent” reports, left “an impression of a casual and disrepectful approach to matters of the deepest sympathy”.
The investigation panel found that Bushell, of West Heath, had given a patient two and a half times their prescribed dose of Diazepam. She also wrongly restrained a resident who had a speech impediment and suffered from Parkinson’s disease, by taking away his zimmer frame.
Casey, of Harborne, didn’t investigate properly or assess the risks after finding a male resident in the bedroom of a female resident, the panel said. “In providing tea and toast to the female resident and seeking to calm her down, we are satisfied that Mrs Casey’s actions were not appropriate in what could have been a situation of grave concern,” added Mrs Aldwerwick.