20-Sep-2017

Malayalee nurse who failed to declare he was being investigated jailed

BRISTOL Sept 13: A Southmead Hospital nurse who failed to declare he was being investigated for not dispensing medicine has been jailed, Bristol Post reported.
 
Mr Varkey left his job at Sunnymead Nursing home in Keynsham after an allegation he failed to provide a palliative care patient with drugs.
 
Whilst under investigation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council he attended a jobs fair at Southmead Hospital and applied for a nursing position.
 
Not only did he fail to disclose he was being investigated, he provided two fake references and was taken on.
 
After a year in post in which no concerns were raised about his work, it emerged that an investigation had been in place which found allegations against him proved and ordered an interim suspension order to be put on him.
 
Varkey, 43, a married father-of-three of Parade Court in Speedwell, denied wrongdoing but was found guilty of fraud by Bristol magistrates.
 
Judge Mark Horton jailed him for ten months.
 
He told Varkey: “This is not simply one of the deliberate financial frauds by way of gaining employment when not entitled to do so.
 
“It is a deliberate fraud on vulnerable members of the public.
 
“Quality and care in hospital is something regarded as the highest priority, a pride of this nation since the last war.”
 
Varkey was told to pay a £100 victim surcharge.
 
Paul Ricketts, prosecuting, told Bristol Crown Court Varkey applied for a job at Southmead Hospital, failed to declare he was being investigated and submitted two references.
 
He was employed from June 2015, but a subsequent nurses’ annual validation process established he was under investigation and further enquiries were made.
 
As a result it was found Varkey had faked references from former colleague Sanju Abraham (name changed) as well as family member Geena Jose (name changed).
 
Varkey was arrested, said he had not seen the references and he had thought that, as no decision had then been made on the investigation about him, he didn’t need to reveal it.
 
The court heard he earned £21,692 over the course of a year, though the hospital reversed his last three months of pay.
 
Edward Hetherington, defending, conceded his client had not declared he was being investigated.
 
But he said Varkey had put in a considerable degree of work, effort, labour and skill at the hospital.
 
Mr Hetherington said that his client’s previous malpractice amounted to him saying medicine had been administered to a patient receiving palliative care, when in fact that medicine was found unopened by the patient’s bed.
 
Mr Hetherington said: “His quality of work at Southmead has not been questioned.
 
“He has practised in this country since 2001 without problem, barring that one incident.”
 
The court heard Varkey had not been barred from nursing in the UK, but would have to re-qualify to do so.