Mental health nurse lost job after offending a patient

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Katy Bedford, who had been employed as a mental health nurse at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, was suspended for 4 months for misconduct. She called a patient struggling with their sexuality a “queer bastard”. A Conduct and Competence Committee hearing held by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) found that she violated her working duties last year. The NMC notes: “It is alleged that Miss Bedford, during the course of the night called Service User A a ‘queer bastard’ and a ‘big bloody queer’, or words to that effect. Service User A was finding it difficult to come to terms with his sexuality. He subsequently withdrew from the mental health services offered by the Trust but returned a month later after being engaged by staff.” There also were allegations that she exposed her underwear to the patient. The panel heard that Miss Bedford admitted using the phrase “big bloody queer”, but insisted she “did not speak in a derogatory manner”. She denied using the phrase “queer bastard”.

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