Brithdir Care Home Failings: Nurses struck off

Three nurses have been struck off for poor care – some of which led to patient deaths – at a Caerphilly county home.

A Nursing and Midwifery Council panel (NMC) found failings by five nurses at Brithdir Care Home, near Bargoed, amounted to misconduct.

Tembakazi Moyana, Daphne Richards and Rachel Tanta were struck off on Friday.

Susan Greening received a caution order and Beverley Mock was suspended for one year.

Following the hearing, families of patients who lived at the home vowed to continue campaigning for criminal cases.

In May, a disciplinary panel found 86 failings proved out of an alleged 150 against six nurses in relation to nine residents between 2004 and 2006.

They related to poor management of patients’ pressure sores, record keeping at the home and other deficient care.

In the case of Miss Moyana, the panel said her care directly led to the deaths of three patients, while that of Ms Tanta contributed to one.

Ms Greening’s caution will temporarily remain on her record.

The sanctions came after the NMC panel found seven misconduct charges proved against Christine Hayes, the director of nursing at the Caerphilly Local Health Board between 2003 and 2006.

She was found to have kept moving people to the home, despite knowing of serious concerns, and was struck off in January.

Concerns about Brithdir were raised during Operation Jasmine, an investigation by Gwent Police into allegations of neglect in south Wales care homes.