GMB Welcome Decision to Exonerate Member Following Incident of Patient Who Tragically Died After Choking on Food

This was a very distressing and tragic case but I am pleased that we have been able to assist this member, says GMB Southern

A nurse, who is a GMB member, based in the South East of England has been cleared by the Nursing and Midwifery Council following an incident where a patient died after choking on food.

A nurse, who is a GMB member, based in the South East of England has been cleared by the Nursing and Midwifery Council following an incident where a patient died after choking on food.

The NMC held that the nurse had no case to answer. This mirrored the decision of the coroner and also the police, whose investigations resulted in no further action.

Following the decision, the nurse, who wishes to remain anonymous, said:

“This was obviously a devastating matter for all involved and my heart goes out to the family and loved ones of the patient. I say this especially remembering the brother of the late patient who was, from the beginning, very understanding as to my plight and the delicate situation that nurses can find themselves in in the care sector.”

“I am grateful for the support I received from my family and friends and I am primarily thankful for the support I received from GMB and its UnionLine legal team. Without GMB I wouldn’t have known where to start in dealing with my defence. I now want to encourage everyone I know to join GMB.”

Pat Murphy, Branch Secretary, GMB Southern Region said:

“This was a very traumatic case but I am pleased GMB were able to assist this member. GMB lawyers were instructed at an early stage to achieve the best possible outcome for the member.”

Nadine Houghton, Regional Officer, GMB Southern Region said:

“This was a very distressing and tragic case but I am pleased that GMB were able to assist this member. GMB has a very large membership of nurses, midwives, paramedics and others who work in the healthcare sector. We are well placed to deal with the cross-over between criminal allegations and regulatory proceedings.”