Burnley care home nurse struck off after cruelty

The Grove Care Home.
The Grove Care Home.

A nurse who wheeled a stroke victim out of a care home in just her pyjamas and left her there for half-an-hour as punishment for not taking her medication has been struck off.

Bilquees Akhtar, who worked at The Grove Care Home, in Owen Street, Burnley, was also suspended for 18 months.

The hearing, before the Nursing and Midwifery Council at the Old Bailey, heard Akhtar scolded the woman after she fell out her wheelchair and failed to adequately check her for injuries.

After the fall Akhtar told her: “You have done this to yourself, you have put yourself on the floor, you can do more than you are letting on.”

The woman, referred to as “Resident D,” was left outside after she banged on furniture and refused to take her medication.

The panel had previously found Akhtar guilty of a series of allegations in her absence, including leaving another patient waiting up to 10 minutes for an urgent assessment and failing to check the patient’s vital signs. She also failed to tell a doctor that a patient had not had a full dose of medication, administered only half doses of insulin and did not give a patient a necessary percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy feed.

During another incident she told another patient her husband was “a pig” and failed to check another patient for injuries after she fell out of bed.

A care assistant at the home had told the hearing: “I was new to the healthcare industry but her behaviour went against what I thought a care home was supposed to be.”

She was eventually sacked in January 2011.