Halifax care home nurse fired after hidden camera caught dragging woman on floor
Details of the incident emerged during a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) misconduct hearing into Mamello Herring’s actions.
The NMC obtained the CCTV footage, which showed Ms Herring and a carer dragging Angeline Lanera, then 85, across the bedroom floor with her underwear around her legs.
Footage then shows Ms Herring and the nursing assistant lifting the residents by their arms onto the bed with the lady’s distress evident in the audio footage.
The panel heard the elderly lady, who suffered from psychosis and was partially blind, had been home for a few months and was physically frail with limited mobility.
She needed a walker to get to and from her bathroom and the help of two staff members.
Ms. Lanera demanded “cautious and calm explanations” during the interventions.
In a report on the hearing, he said: “Ms. Herring’s actions caused direct distress and undue harm to a vulnerable woman who was treated by Ms. Herring with disrespect and disregard for her dignity. Mrs Herring also caused distress to the family whose concerns about the care she was receiving were confirmed by a hidden camera they had deemed necessary to place in her room.”
Herring previously pleaded guilty to willful abuse/neglect by a social worker and was sentenced to an 18-month community order and 250 hours of unpaid work.
And after a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) misconduct hearing, she has now been disbarred.
In her response to the NMC inquiry, Ms Herring describes her actions which led to the conviction as “totally unacceptable and reprehensible”.
Ms Herring said she had a demanding job, worked long hours and was exhausted. Ms Herring says her actions were neither voluntary nor deliberate, but driven by her awareness of more pressing tasks and that she is deeply ashamed of herself.
But the NMC panel concluded that “nothing less” than an expungement order would be sufficient.
The panel said: “This explanation does little to allay concerns or fully explain the conduct that led to his conviction. These factors alone cannot be used to justify the actions, which constituted a gross violation standards expected of a registered nurse and also show a lack of accountability for their actions.”
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