We begin (2016) by recognising a successful appeal against the NMC’s decision of impaired of fitness to practice of a qualified nurse . Vasanta Suddock somehow had the strength to represent herself . This case is of immense importance for nurses everywhere who are wrongly accused. The case notes may be used by solicitors and nurses in the future, to strengthen their own appeal.
Here are some key statements made by the judge (Mrs Andrews) ;
The committee “failed to appreciate that there is evidence that strongly supports Ms Suddock’s assertion that someone, acting in bad faith has set out to ruin her hitherto unquestioned professional reputation and her career”.
“–a failure to examine the evidence in the way that a court or other legal tribunal would—” ” It placed far too much reliance on the demeanour of the witnesses”.
“I am satisfied that the decision of the panel to find the charges proved against Ms Suddock was clearly wrong”.
“Additionally— there is the clearest possible evidence, which the panel brushed aside, “that someone was making a crude attempt to frame her”.
Lord Woolf’s dictum the “more serious the allegation, the less likely it is that the event occured”.
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There will be more to come regarding this. Watch this space.