Midwife banned for six months after telling expectant mother she ‘looked like she smoked 40 cigarettes a day’
A midwife has been banned for six months after she told a mum-to-be she “looked like she smoked 40 cigarettes a day” and her placenta was “awful”.
Out-spoken Jill Morris was suspended as a midwife after a Nursing and Midwifery Council panel concluded she had a “cavalier attitude” to her patients.
The panel heard how a number of concerns were raised about her attitude.
Morris, who worked at Hereford County Hospital for 20 years, also overdosed a patient on Syntocine, a synthetic form of the hormone Oxytocine, and allowed a student midwife to perform internal examinations on two women.
She was dismissed in 2007 following the incident involving the student.
The allegations being considered by the panel dated between June 2005 and March 2007.
Sarah-Jane Smiles, on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, told the panel hearing in London, that Morris’s misconduct “compromised serious failings”.
The panel concluded: “Mrs Morris’s cavalier attitude towards Herefordshire NHS Trust policies and the safety of her patients was a major concern to the panel.”
She was suspended from working as a midwife for six months although she currently works as a health care assistant in a care home.
Claims she scratched a youngster’s leg while attempting to give him an injection were found to be not proven.