Bungling nurse suspended after serious failures’

PUBLISHED: 16:56 12 August 2009 | UPDATED: 17:02 25 August 2010

A BUNGLING nurse was suspended for 12 months for wide ranging and serious failures of competence.  h

A BUNGLING nurse was suspended for 12 months for 'wide ranging and serious failures' of competence.

Barry Torrens, 47, from Thamesmead, thought taking a blood sample was more important than a serious back injury, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) heard.

He underwent four periods of supervised practice in under a year at Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford, with no improvement.

On Monday, he was found guilty of a lack of competence and suspended for one year. Torrens was supervised by four different nurses between May 2005 and April 2006 who each found basic failures, the NMC was told.

Despite being sent on a course to improve his skills, no improvement was seen.

On one occasion he took a patient's blood sample rather than deal with a serious back injury.

Colleague Surinder Walia reported that Torrens did not check the names of patients before giving out medication.

The nurse was suspended on April 27 and sacked on May 18, 2006 after a disciplinary hearing.

Torrens, who denied the charges, was found guilty of eight charges relating to lack of competence. The most severe penalty was a one-year suspension.


Latest Bexley news

Thursday, October 18, 2018

A police officer based in Bexley has been served a final warning after he allegedly placed a man in a choke hold during a fight.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Bexley’s NHS services will receive more than £900,000 of extra funding this winter to help alleviate growing pressures on our hospitals, the Department for Health announced yesterday (Wednesday, October 17).

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

People who live, work and travel across Kent, Thurrock, Essex and beyond are being invited to shape plans for Britain’s biggest road tunnel as Highways England hostrf the first of 60 public engagement events on the multi-billion pound Lower Thames Crossing project this week (Tuesday 16 October).

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

“Devastating” plans for a house of multiple occupancy in Sidcup have been approved despite pleas by residents.

Monday, October 15, 2018

The pub industry in Bexley, worth around £51million, could take a hit if beer duty is raised as expected in the chancellor’s budget today (Tuesday, October 16), Britain’s Beer Alliance has warned.

Monday, October 15, 2018

A cyclist who died after being hit by a lorry in Erith has been formally identified, as police officers appeal for witnesses to the tragic incident to come forward.

Monday, October 15, 2018

New proposals for Hall Place and Gardens will be discussed in next week’s Places Overview and Scrutiny Committee (October 16).

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

Most read news

Digital Edition

Read the Bexley Times e-edition today

Newsletter Sign Up

Bexley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24