It’s past time we removed ‘healthcare professionals’ who ignore their pledge to do no harm

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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9 thoughts on “It’s past time we removed ‘healthcare professionals’ who ignore their pledge to do no harm

  1. Justin

    this is not the first time, won’t be the last, complaining,depends if you wait till tribunal & prove your case,they won’t argue, will you be fit enough to do that,i was not for at least two years & then they had got rid of all the records,so keep everything follow there procedure,then go to the independant regulator & report them to nmc or hcpc,there is not enough panel hearings at that level,throw the complaint at the dwp as well as the company that did the assessment,to many incompetent decision maker’s get away with it as well,it will only take a few strike of/ supervision order’s & then the rest may start to take note, check if they have safeguarding training,if they have then they also know that part of that is that your actions should not lead to a worsening of a person’s condition, above all the reply is always well they made mistakes & will learn from it, do they, well lets put it like this, i am on my fifth complaint ,hopefully all of them will be going to the professional bodies, i leave that to you to think have they learn’t!

  2. Barry Davies

    I reported a Nurse who had done something similar to this in my assessment by ATOS, in fact she totally ignored everything that Gp’s and consultants had stated and said there was no reason why I could not work, intact saying what treatment I needed, which had been considered and rejected by Doctors.

    I therefore made a complaint to the Nursing and midwifery Council, (NMC), the Nurses registration and regulator, who decided that although the assessor used the registration in the communications and claimed it as the basis on which the assessment has been conducted, as did ATOS, the NMC for unknown reasons claimed the nurse was not working as a nurse so could not be adjudged for any action by the NMC. So you have to be qualified as a nurse to get the job are using the qualification but apparently not working as a nurse???

  3. Sealie Clem

    I have more proof of their lies in my case. I have a very disfiguring form of Discoid Lupus. I also failed the Mandatory Review on the grounds that the DWP cannot prove/disprove lies as the interview was not recorded. …. no, but the provable lies were fully recorded in her report! ‘Looks well’ and ‘Complexion: Normal’ was written on the report by my assessor. I now wait for an appeal date.

  4. Alan Phillips

    Believe it’s time that EVERY assessment was audio and video recoorded!
    I to had lies told about my abilities during assessment which have led to me not being granted enhanced care!
    None of my GP or medical specialists reports were sought either an absolute farce TBH!!!

  5. wildthing666

    I agree! But the so called assessment company’s that the corrupt government use wouldn’t have anyone to do their bidding, not only should the HP’s be struck off the rubber stamping decision makers should be sacked too.
    To anyone who has a recorded assessment, they store it for 14 months before destroying the tape/CD, so they claim! But I always covertly record and tel them so in a roundabout way by putting on all forms ALL VERBAL COMMUNICATION WILL BE AUDIO RECORDED so if I ever have to go through an Mandatory Reconsideration, or TORY CON as I call it, it can be transcribed to paper and used at the TORY CON. I also never give them any contact numbers if they want to contact me they have to send me a letter and they are always carefull what they put in letters, prefering their standard BS to personally wrote replies.

  6. Colin Glazebrook

    Interesting that they call them “healthcare professional”; I had my ATOS interveiw (I won’t call it an assessment) in March, who interveiwed me? A paramedic, do they take any form of oath I wonder?

  7. Sarah7



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