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.

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