Struck-off nurse used pen and a straw to relieve a patient’s constipation

By Jonny Drury | Mid Wales | Health | Published:

A nurse who used a pen and a straw to relieve a patient’s constipation has been struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Traian Mihail Dumitrescu was sacked after the incident at the Crosfield House care home in Rhayader in January 2014.

Colleagues had reported him to management, and on November 27 a Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing concluded he is no longer fit to practice, and is a danger to the public. Mr Dumitrescu was handed a 12 month conditions of practice order by the council in December 2014 after admitting using the objects on a resident with dementia. Last month he was issued with a striking off order that will come into effect in January.

In 2014, a panel was satisfied that he had demonstrated “some insight” and accepted what he had done was wrong. The Romanian national gave assurances that he would undertake further training if he returned to practice in the UK. A plan was devised to help Mr Dumitrescu address the management of constipation, consent for treatment and dementia care.

He was given a one year suspension in December 2015, after a panel heard he had failed to comply with the conditions of the practice order.

The following year new conditions were imposed after he expressed a desire to return to nursing, and he was required to undertake further training and produce a piece of writing on how to treat patients.

But in the latest review meeting, there was no new information and Mr Dumitrescu had failed to meet conditions after returning from Romania.

Due to his failure to engage, the panel were left with no choice but to impose him with a striking-off order. Panel chair Paul Powici said: “There is nothing to indicate that Mr Dumitrescu has developed insight into, nor taken steps to remedy, his misconduct.

“The panel noted that it had been made clear to Mr Dumitrescu by the previous panel that his registration was at risk should he fail to engage with the review process, comply with the conditions of practice order and demonstrate remediation and insight regarding his misconduct.

“The panel also considered Mr Dumitrescu has not demonstrated any recent commitment to return to the nursing profession.”

Jonny Drury

By Jonny Drury

Senior reporter covering Oswestry and Mid Wales.

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