|Mercy Ngozi Okeke|
A MIDWIFE has been found guilty of misconduct by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), it has been reported. Mercy Ngozi Okeke had denied the allegations that are said to have taken place at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup between January 3 and February 24, 2006, claiming they were fabricated by colleagues.
Ms Okeke had been accused of nearly strangling a newborn to death with its umbilical cord when she failed to cut it after birth. Other allegations included failing to carry out vaginal exams correctly, failing to use vital heart monitoring equipment and injecting two patients in the wrong place.
She now risks a ban from the medical profession. "Ms Okeke was not competent to carry out competent or safe midwifery care and demonstrated a lack of knowledge, skills and judgement across a broad range of practice areas which include the core skills of midwifery," panel chairman Evis Samupfonda said.
The alarm was raised by concerned colleagues who said Ms Okeke was not able 'to act safely and react to clinical change', as one colleague wrote in an email to supervisors. Ms Okeke who worked at two hospitals, Newham University Hospital, in Plaistow and King George Hospital in Goodmayes, Essex, is said to have failed an assessment testing her knowledge and had poor communication skills with fellow colleagues as well as patients and their families.
An interim ban on the nurse will continue until the panel meets again to decide on what sanction to impose.