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A nurse fired for failing to report the death of a patient she had sex with in the hospital parking lot

A nurse fired for failing to report the death of a patient she had sex with in the hospital parking lot

Penelope Williams, a Welsh nurse, has been sacked and disqualified from continuing to practice her profession in the UK after a patient died while having sex in a car in the hospital parking lot and she didn’t call the ambulance to help him.

The events occurred outside the Spire Hospital, in North Wales, in January 2022, and the death was attributed to “heart failure and chronic kidney disease triggered by a medical episode”, as reported by the British newspaper ‘The Guardian’.

The man, as later confirmed by a panel of experts, received regular treatment at the Betsi Cadwaladr Health Center, where Williams worked as a general nurse in a renal unit.

Williams met the patient the night of his death outside the hospital to have sex, and when the man collapsed, he phoned one of his colleagues at the hospital. The nurse called him, “crying and distraughtto ask for help while trying to explain that someone had died,” said this colleague, who recommended calling the ambulance.

Williams, however, ignored the advice and waited for her partner to meet her outside the hospital. There, this colleague found the patient half-naked and unanswered and called the Police and Emergencies. The man’s death was certified shortly thereafter.

At first, Williams assured the agents and paramedics that he had met the patient after receiving a message from him on Facebook saying that he was unwell. Later, she admitted to meeting the man in the parking lot. to have sexual relations.

In a later statement, in February, he retracted this second version and stated that he had been seen with the patient in the car, where they had spent between 30 and 45 minutes talking, before he began to moan and died suddenly. At a subsequent hearing, Williams acknowledged the sexual encounter and not calling an ambulance even when advised.

fired and disabled

After what happened, it was dismissal with immediate effectand a panel of experts from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) found that Williams’ failure to disclose the relationship and her low perception of the damage her relationship could cause to the reputation of the profession or their effect on public safety constituted a serious fault.

As a last resort, was disqualified from the profession: “Mrs. Williams’ actions deviated significantly from the norms expected of a registered nurse and are fundamentally inconsistent with her remaining on the registry.”

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