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These days the Nightingale Pledge is known as the Practical Nurse Pledge, and includes the words: “I will not do anything evil or malicious and I will not knowingly give any harmful drug or assist in malpractice”.

If the nurse involved in the assessment described below took that pledge, then they have clearly broken it and have betrayed the ethics of their profession.

It may seem a small point, but it is a blight against modern nursing – as any doctor carrying out the tests, who has taken the Hippocratic Oath, will have blighted their side of the medical profession.

What does the Royal College of Nursing think of this? How about the General Medical Council?

Isn’t it time these ‘cowboy’ (‘cowgirl’?) “healthcare professionals” were stamped out?

A nurse failed to mention a disabled woman’s near-fatal asthma attacks, accidental overdoses and repeated blackouts, in one of the clearest examples yet of a dishonest benefits assessment report, secret recordings have revealed.

A video recording of the assessment also shows that the nurse lied about the way disabled activist Catherine Scarlett made her way from a stairlift to a reclining chair to begin the assessment.

Scarlett had been so distrustful of the personal independence payment (PIP) system that she made both video and audio recordings of her face-to-face assessment, which was carried out at her home in Yorkshire in May.

She says the recordings and assessment report prove she was right to do so.

They show how the nurse – employed by the government contractor Atos Healthcare – repeatedly downplayed the seriousness of what she was told by Scarlett.

This allowed the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to lower her entitlement from the enhanced rate to just the standard rate for the daily living element of PIP, although she was allowed to stay on the enhanced rate for mobility.

Source: Recordings prove PIP report ignored near-fatal attacks, overdoses and blackouts


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