Black male nurse who failed to spot a pensioner had suffered a stroke for EIGHT HOURS is not struck off
A nurse who failed to notice an elderly woman had suffered a stroke for more than eight hours has avoided being struck off. Thaddee Nsengiyaremye missed making nine vital checks overnight as the patient recovered from a hip operation.
He ignored her for several hours as she fell unconscious, her pulse dropped alarmingly and her arms went limp.
When Nsengiyaremye finally checked on her, more than eight hours after the last observation, he did not realise she had suffered a stroke and waited more than half an hour to call for help.
He admitted a string of charges against him when he appeared at a Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing in central London. But the panel ruled he could continue in the profession because there was no evidence of ‘general incompetence’. [Whaaat?]
Nsengiyaremye will have to work under supervision and undertake further training over the next 18 months.
Panel chair David Flinter said: ‘A conditions of practice order will sufficiently address the panel’s concerns and adequately protect the public. ‘We have seen records of your supervision sessions in your current employment, which indicate improvement in your clinical practice. ‘There is no evidence of general incompetence.’
Nsengiyaremye was working a night shift at the Sussex Orthopaedic NHS Treatment Centre in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, on April 19, 2010, when he took charge of caring for the woman, referred to as Patient B.
His boss Michelle Hailey told the hearing he should have been checking on her regularly as she recovered from a hip operation at the treatment centre. ‘Even if the protocol is not being properly followed, you would expect someone who has just come out of surgery to have regular observations’, she said.
He was expected to make hourly checks until 2.30am and two-hourly observations after that. But Nsengiyaremye actually checked on her just once, at 9pm, before finding her critically unwell at 5.25am.
‘There was nothing done by the registrant at 8pm, he carried out observations at 9pm, and then nothing is done by him from 10pm until 6pm,’ said Joanna Dirmikis, for the NMC. ‘He ought to have been carrying out hourly observations until 2.30am.’
The hearing was told the woman had a weak pulse, high blood pressure, and her breathing was abnormal when Nsengiyaremye checked on her at 5.25am. But instead of immediately calling for a doctor, he went to collect a machine to carry out more tests.
When the ambulance was finally called, at 6am, the patient was rushed to the Princess Royal Hospital opposite for emergency treatment.
Mr Flinter said giving Nsengiyaremye a ban would not be proportionate or helpful. ‘The conduct was serious and not isolated, but areas of retraining have been identified’, he said. ‘We have concluded it would not be proportionate to suspend you and deprive you of the opportunity to address the concerns about your practice.’
Nsengiyaremye admitted all the charges against him, including not making a record of his care of patient B until he was ordered to by Ms Hailey more than 10 hours after his shift had finished.
He was also found to have not made vital records of a patient’s fluid levels during the shift.
The registered nurse further admitted a previous incident when he wiped a patient with a bed sheet soaked in her own urine and refusing to give her a bath.
The woman rang the bell for her bedpan to be changed while Nsengiyaremye was working on November 9, 2009, but he was slow to respond.
When he finally arrived, Nsengiyaremye was aggressive towards the patient, refused to change her urine-soaked gown, and wiped her down with the dirty bed sheet he had just stripped off the bed.
Nsengiyaremye now works in a care home and must undertake regular supervision sessions, as well as adhering to a training plan relating to infection control, medication administration, record keeping, and recognition of clinical treatment.
Oxford U attacks British government’s state school student target
Leading universities defy government calls to take more students from state comprehensives.
Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, has told elite universities to increase the number of undergraduates they admit from working class backgrounds or face financial penalties.
The policy prompted fears that highly academic institutions would reject well-qualified sixth-formers from private schools to meet the government’s agenda of “social meddling”.
However, about half of the most respected academic institutions in the country are refusing to use state school intake as a key target for increasing opportunities for deprived students.
Oxford said the state school target would be “misleading” while Imperial College London suggested that the problem lay with poor results in comprehensives and colleges.
All universities wanting to charge higher tuition fees of more than £6,000 must sign contracts with a government watchdog containing targets to “widen access” to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Under the new regime coming into force in September, universities could face fines of up to £500,000 for failing to meet their targets or be banned from charging fees above £6,000 a year.
Analysis of the contracts that institutions have signed with the Office for Fair Access watchdog suggests that three-quarters of universities intend to charge the maximum £9,000 a year for at least some of their degree courses.
However, half of the research-intensive Russell group universities in England have refused to include specific targets for increasing the number of state school students they admit.
Oxford University said it was “misleading” to treat all state school students as disadvantaged, compared with those who have been privately educated.
“Our goal is to increase access for under-represented groups. We are not convinced that using school type is the best means to that end,” the university said in an introduction to its contract with Offa.
Instead, Oxford will focus on attracting candidates from homes with incomes of less than £16,000 a year, the very poorest in society. Other universities are focusing on attracting applications from neighbourhoods which rarely send students into higher education.
The University of Manchester said targets for increasing students from state schools and colleges was “widely acknowledged” as “the least valid” milestone to use.
“The social composition of top performing state schools has been shown to be extremely skewed towards more affluent sections of society,” the university said on Thursday.
Imperial College London said state educated students were “not a disadvantaged group in themselves”. Imperial currently takes 38 per cent of students from independent schools. But this simply reflects “the gap in performance” between A-level students in state and private sixth-forms.
Tim Hands, master of the independent Magdalen College School, Oxford, said the state school targets were the product of “politically inspired social meddling”.
A Department for Business, Innovation and Skills spokesman said: “The Government is determined that no-one with the ambition and ability, whatever their background, should come up against barriers to accessing higher education.
“Universities will be investing over £670 million in attracting students from disadvantaged backgrounds by 2016/17, over quarter of their fee income above basic fee levels.”
Population boom caused by high birth rate and immigration will force British schools to create 1m more places by 2020
Nearly one million extra school places will be needed within eight years as rising birth rates and immigration push pupil numbers to a 50-year high.
The population boom has already pushed many primary schools to ‘breaking point’ and forced town halls to draw up emergency plans to teach children in disused shops and warehouses.
Now figures from the Department for Education have shown the number of pupils in state schools is expected to rise to 7,950,000 by the end of the decade – 935,000 more than now.
Primary and nursery schools will need an extra 736,000 places by 2020, with the remaining places required at secondary and special schools. Pupil numbers are forecast to reach levels last seen in the 1970s.
The figures also show 106,000 fewer places would be needed by 2020 if migration was reduced to zero.
The growing shortage of places is likely to lead to the opening of more ‘super’ primaries accommodating up to 1,000 children.
All areas will see an increase in demand for primary places but shortages are most acute in the South-East.
Councils in London are already in talks over using vacant buildings as makeshift schools as they battle to house hundreds of young children who still do not have a place for September.
Other measures being considered include teaching children in shifts, breaking class size limits and scrapping the ‘sibling rule’, which gives priority to children with brothers or sisters already at the school.
The figures last night sparked a political row as the Tories blamed Labour for the crisis.
Lord Hill, the Schools Minister, said the Coalition was spending more than £4billion on extra primary schools. ‘The last Government knew there was an issue as early as 2004 but sadly did nothing,’ he said. ‘Worse than that, they actually cut funding for new places while squandering millions on expensive secondary schools.’
But Stephen Twigg, shadow education secretary, said: ‘Labour have been warning the Government for months about the huge shortfall in places.
‘But instead of addressing this crisis head-on, the Government has slashed the capital budget by nearly two thirds and are creating free schools, many of which are in areas where there isn’t a demand for extra places or from parents.’
He said the figures showed a ‘crisis’ in primary places in England. ‘Many schools are at breaking point with pupils potentially being taught in warehouses and empty shops,’ he said.
The shortage of places is driven by immigration and a rise in the birth rate which began in 2002 and is predicted to continue until 2014.
A fifth of primary schools are full, and although there are hundreds of thousands of unfilled places nationally, they are not in areas expected to face a squeeze.
The Mail revealed earlier this year how Labour ordered councils to axe spare places and close schools despite warnings of a looming shortage.
A Freedom of Information request showed that from May 2007, government projections showed a rapidly increasing primary school population in each year from 2009. Despite this, Labour told councils to remove surplus primary places or risk losing capital funding.
Fury as Polish scrap metal thief caught red-handed is NOT prosecuted because ‘he didn’t realise it was a crime’ in Britain
What happened to “ignorance is no excuse”?
Police are refusing to prosecute a Polish immigrant caught on camera stealing scrap metal, because he didn’t realise he was committing a crime.
Businessman George Pasparakis caught the culprit red-handed after fitting CCTV outside Wessex Industrial Doors in Yeovil, Somerset – following a number of raids on the company.
Officers quickly tracked down the thief and he even admitted his actions – but police chiefs decided not to prosecute him, because he claimed taking scrap metal is legal in Poland.
Mr Pasparakis, 37, is ‘gobsmacked’ by the decision. He said: ‘I’m not sure how bad a crime has to be where you can claim ignorance before they take action. ‘We’re so frustrated at what we were told. I was gobsmacked and I think the police officer was too. ‘He almost seemed embarrassed. Is Polish law operating in Yeovil?’
The price of scrap metal has skyrocketed in recent years from £80 per skip to between £300 and £400 per skip.
Mr Pasparakis had six skips emptied in the last few months and spent more than £500 on 24-hour CCTV surveillance system.
The company has also spent hundreds of pounds building a large retractable container to protect a skip outside the premises used to store metal off-cuts.
So when the CCTV picked up a good shot of the Polish man and his vehicle in June they thought they would be able to bring a successful prosecution against him.
On the first occasion the thief even brought his young daughter with him. Mr Pasparakis said: ‘The first time he took scrap metal he bought his little girl along. ‘We watched on CCTV as she ran around looking bored as emptied the skip. It was dumbfounding.’
But police decided it was not in the ‘public interest’ to charge the man, who has not been named.
Sergeant Richard Downing said: ‘We received two reports of theft from a skip. These incidents were fully investigated. ‘A man was arrested and questioned. The man fully admitted the incidents and was unaware it was a crime. ‘On consideration it was decided it was not of public interest to prosecute this man.’
A police spokesman added that to prosecute the man they would have to prove there was an intent to commit a crime.
Shopkeeper visited by two British Trading Standards officers and six policemen for refusing to remove Games-themed bunting
A shopkeeper has defied Olympic killjoys who tried to force him to take down his Games-themed bunting.
Hamdy Shahein, who runs Hamdy’s News in Stoke Newington, London, had decked out his store with balloons, banners and bunting.
But council killjoys – and six police officers – told him to tear down banners outside his store because it breached LOCOG’s strict branding rules.
The newsagent has refused to remove them – leaving his store adorned with national flags of nations competing, the Union Jack and the London Games logo.
The shopkeeper said: ‘I told them that if it was breaking the rules then they will have to come and take it down themselves.
Mr Shahein says two Hackney Council trading Standards officers approached him last Saturday, the day the Olympic Torch was set to pass directly outside his shop.
He says they accused him of having unofficial branded products in and outside the shop on Stoke Newington High Street – even though he has a letter informing him he is an official Olympic retailer.
Mr Shahein added: ‘I wanted to make the shop look nice for the community. ‘But a lady came up to me and almost grabbed my hand. She started shouting, “stop, stop, you can’t do this.” ‘I had no idea why I couldn’t have the bunting up.
‘People who had started gathering to see the torch come past tried to change her mind and told her I was doing something nice for the community, but it made no difference.’
Mr Shahein, who spent £250 out of his own pocket decorating the shop, continued: ‘About an hour later a police van with six policemen stopped outside and the lady came over and said, “that’s him.”
‘They forced me to take down some balloons and flag bunting I’d placed at street level. ‘But I told them if they wanted the big banners down, they’d have to do it themselves. ‘They haven’t been back yet.’
The 60-year-old claims the heavy-handed approach was over the top – and almost forced him to shut up shop for the day in protest.
But locals convinced him to stay open and try to enjoy the celebrations. He has since made a stand, keeping the Olympic bunting up above his shop.
Local solicitor Kristin Heimark believes Mr Shahein was ill-treated. She said: ‘Hamdy is one of the lynchpins of our community. He likes to get in the spirit of things.
‘I don’t know if people realised when the Olympics laws were passed that it would mean this, and that we would have people from trading standards coming round requiring bunting to be removed.’
Mr Shahein’s situation is by no means an isolated incident. Colin Thorne was forced to take Olympic-themed decorations down in the Devon estate agents, Webbers, back in May.
Even London Mayor Boris Johnson has warned of the ‘insanity’ of overzealous policing of Olympic brands.
Mr Shahein, 60, who is a runner himself having competed in 48 half marathons, said: ‘They say I’m selling and displaying unofficial merchandise, but I’ve got a letter that says I’m an official retailer of Olympic products. I don’t sell fakes.
‘I told them to educate me, not get heavy handed. ‘I’ve been here 33 years and never known a farce like it. ‘I’m a runner myself and love the Olympics. I wanted to celebrate them being in town with the community. ‘That’s all the bunting was – a celebration. We had no problems putting it up for the Jubilee. ‘I won’t back down.’
Under the Olympic Symbol (Protection) Act and the Trade Marks Act, Trading Standards officers have the power to enforce the removal of products, and have enforced this in Mr Shahein’s case.
A Hackney Council spokesman said: ‘Offices determined that unofficial Olympic-branded bunting was on display and for sale in the shop and on nearby railings.
‘The store manager was asked to remove it and advised to withdraw it from sale on that basis. ‘Hackney Council is adhering to LOCOG’s guidance on Olympic branding and merchandise.’
Must not criticize multiculturalism and socialism
A bit of a flap in Britain after someone DARED to criticize the Olympic Opening Ceremony
A Conservative MP… appeared to describe the Olympic Opening Ceremony as ‘leftie multi-cultural crap’.
The comments, claiming the ceremony was more left wing than that which opened the 2008 Beijing games in Communist China, appeared in a Twitter account purporting to be that of Aidan Burley, Tory MP for Cannock Chase.
The opening section showcased British history, including the creation of the NHS and the Jarrow march, a 1936 protest against unemployment in the North East.
Two tweets were posted from @AidanBurleyMP, saying: ‘The most leftie opening ceremony I have ever seen – more than Beijing, the capital of a communist state! Welfare tribute next?’
A second tweet read: ‘Thank God the athletes have arrived! Now we can move on from leftie multi-cultural crap. Bring back red arrows, Shakespeare and the Stones!’
Downing Street distanced itself from the comments, with a senior source saying: ‘We do not agree with him.’
The tweets, widely repeated, caused an avalanche of criticism on the social networking site including from a fellow Conservative, Croydon MP Gavin Barwell.