'Bum cleaner' complaint nurse struck off over misconduct

'Bum cleaner' complaint nurse struck off over misconduct

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Nicola Hine

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'Bum cleaner' complaint nurse struck off over misconduct
Heather Gatawa committed a number of offences while working at the St Mark's Nursing Centre in Maidenhead

A nurse who turned up for work after drinking, slept on the job and moaned about being a 'bum cleaner' has been struck off.

Heather Gatawa, formerly known as Heather Muleya, appeared before a misconduct panel facing eight charges, including being under the influence of alcohol at work twice and sleeping while on duty on two occasions.

The offences were all committed in 2008-9 at either Holyport Lodge Nursing Home in Holyport, or the St Mark's Nursing Centre in Maidenhead, where she was employed by BUPA as a registered nurse.

Other charges included failing to give patients medication, making rude or threatening comments to colleagues, and leaving the care home before her shift was over.

All were found to be proved by the panel, but Ms Gatawa was cleared of leaving a key inside a drugs cupboard.

When asked at the hearing why she'd walked out of work early, she said being told to act as a 'BBC' or 'British Bum Cleaner' was the last straw.

Ms Gatawa's case was heard by the Nursing and Midwifery Council in London and concluded yesterday.

The panel decided to strike her off the nursing register to protect the public and maintain proper standards.

An 18-month interim suspension order has also been put in place incase Ms Gatawa lodges an appeal against the panel's decision.

Read more in next week's Advertiser.

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