The Nursing and Midwifery Council Fitness to Practice hearing today ordered a Striking Off Order for Patrick McKee, one of the two mental health nurses jointly engaged in the final assessment of Sally on 25 July 2014 at the Crisis Service based at Miranda House, Humber NHS Foundation Trust.
During the 12-day NMC hearing the panel considered more than thirty charges. All were found to be proved. The overarching charges related to: failure to carry out an adequate clinical/gatekeeping assessment and that the decision to refuse Sally admission to hospital that day, as per her Care Plan contributed to her death. In arriving at their decision on the sanctions to be applied, six aggravating factors were taken into account and there was no mitigation.
The registrant has, throughout the process, sought to avoid scrutiny and the hearing was held in his absence.
It has taken 2,263 days from initial referral for the NMC to reach its final decision. For us as a family, the past 7.5 years have been utterly harrowing. We will never be able to come to terms with the details of the unconscionable behaviour of those, so called “professionals” responsible for Sally’s care and whose actions ultimately directly contributed to her death.
The full report of the hearing will be available in the next few days on the NMC website: