A hearing into the conduct of three nurses who worked at a Birmingham nursing home where 27 residents died in one year will resume today.
Kathleen Smith, nursing manager at the home until 2003, faces four allegations of professional misconduct by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, with registered nurses Mary Casey and Carol Bushell also to answer six charges relating to incidents at Maypole Nursing Home, in Kings Heath.
The NMC's Conduct and Competence Committee opened the hearing in London on February 18 but two days later it was transferred to Birmingham, then adjourned on February 29 when the committee ran out of time to hear all the evidence.
The hearing will be reconvened at 8.30am at Jury's Inn, on Broad Street, and is set to last a week.
Dr Jamalapuram Hari Gopal and his wife, Dr Praturi Samrajya Lakshmi, the GPs who owned the home, were struck off by the General Medical Council in January 2006, after its Fitness to Practice Panel found their actions as co-proprietor and GP were "inappropriate, irresponsible and inadequate" and not in the best interests of the patients or the residents.
Concerns about the Maypole Nursing Home were first raised back in 2001. It was finally closed in March 2003.
During 2002, 27 residents died and 16 of those deaths were identified as cause for serious concern.
These included 77-year-old Leslie Vines, of Shirley, who suffered from both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. He was considered physically fit when he moved into the Maypole Nursing Home but he died just ten days later. At the time, the cause of his death was recorded as bronchial pneumonia although neither a post mortem nor an inquest was held.