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UK: Four Nurses Commit Suicide For Fear of Being Struck Off from NMC Register by Idowu Olabode : August 05, 2019, 07:38:43 AM
FOUR nurses killed themselves fearing they would be struck off from working in the NHS.

Details of the suicides, which happened in the past year, have been released for the first time by health officials.

The move comes amid growing concerns over mental health problems among nurses.

In each case the health workers were facing Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) “fitness to practice” hearings.

Jennie Hawkins, of the Laura Hyde Foundation, set up after a former nurse’s suicide, said: “All nurses going through investigation should be offered psychological support to help manage their anxieties and increase their coping skills.”

Up until now it has been very difficult to determine whether nurses had ever harmed or killed themselves while under investigation.

It was only last year the NMC began keeping a record of suicide among nurses during investigations, which can take years to complete.

Last year the NHS apologised after an independent investigation found a nurse who took his own life after being sacked was treated unfairly.

Amin Abdullah, 41, died in February 2016 after setting himself on fire outside Kensington Palace, just days before he was due to attend a hearing to appeal his dismissal from Charing Cross Hospital in London.

The award-winning nurse had no previous history of depression or mental illness.

Matthew McClelland, Director of Fitness to Practice at the NMC, said: “The mental health of those on our register is very important to us.

“As part of our commitment, we will shortly be introducing an independent emotional support line for professionals involved in fitness to practise cases. We are also exploring whether we can work with an independent organisation to provide pro bono legal advice to those who wouldn’t otherwise be legally represented.”
Source: The Sun Newspaper

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