Paula Grant, 55, left the devastated woman – known as Mrs B – alone for long periods and snapped at her when she questioned why she would have to give birth in a blood-spattered room, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.How dare she question the cleaning standards in the NHS! Who does she think she is, someone forced to pay for it, or something?
Grant told the woman – whose baby had died in the womb – she would be in “excruciating pain” while delivering the child.
Grant also tried to bully junior midwife Dolly Hewett into recording a baby girl born at 20 weeks gestation was stillborn, when she had been alive and moving for some time after she was handed to her parents.Well, it's nice to know this angel of mercy doesn't just reserve her bile for her patients isn't it?
When Miss Hewett refused to do so, Grant signed the form herself.
She later locked Miss Hewett in a room and demanded to know what she had said when she heard a complaint had been made about her.
Yet after hearing about the corrective steps Grant had taken since the incidents, the midwidfery panel ruled her fitness to practice was not impaired.*boggle*
Chairman Lesley White said: “The misconduct of the registrant revealed her, at the time, as someone who was behaving arrogantly and impatiently with junior members of staff and patients.And how has she 'addressed' it?
“The panel considers she has addressed this unfortunate poor performance.”
Why, in the usual way. She said 'sorry'. That was, apparently, good enough...
“Quite why she behaved in the way she did, the panel cannot say.I think we all know why she behaved in the way she did. In fact, I think the answer's staring us all in the face...
“But it does accept the consequences of her behaviour represented a profound wake-up call to the registrant.”
But it seems she couldn't resist showing the panel exactly why she is unfit for any kind of caring role, not that it didn't go right over their heads:
Speaking about the incident with Mrs B, Grant told the hearing she did not tell the patient the experience would be as traumatic for her.Yes, you read that right. She feels the reason she snapped at the patient about to deliver a dead baby was because the situation was as traumatic for her, the midwife.
Yet she conceded: “I should have just said, ‘I am sorry for your loss’.
“It was wrong and I am sorry.”
Not 'an unfortunate part of the job', or 'a stressful situation', but 'as traumatic'. As traumatic as it was for the woman losing her dead baby...
The lack of self awareness and basic humanity of anyone that could utter that in her defence beggars belief.
Now, I know there's a desperate shortage of midwives. But surely we don't need midwives this badly, do we?