Problem

Professional misconduct by nurses

Other Names:
Misconduct by health care professionals
Incidence:
Between 1986 and 1992, incidents of professional misconduct by nurses in the UK doubled from 291 to 586. Such malpractice included sexual assaults, violent attacks and ill-treatment of patients, particularly in cases of the vulnerable : children, elderly, mentally handicapped and mentally ill. Although only one in ten of the UK's registered nurses is a man, most complaints involved male nurses. Of 650 nurses accused of misconduct in 1992, only about half appeared before a disciplinary tribunal, and half again were struck of the register. The majority of appeals for restoration to the register have been granted in recent years.
Narrower Problems:
Neglect of the aged
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
20.04.2000 – 00:00 CEST