Nurses guilty of misconduct during dispute

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TWO NURSES at Broadmoor special hospital who left a patient locked in his 'cell' for more than six hours as part of a national industrial dispute by the Prison Officers' Association were yesterday found guilty of professional misconduct, writes Ian MacKinnon.

But Wilfrid Chambers, 44, and Alan Taylor, 38, both charge nurses, were not removed from the nursing register for permitting the 'seclusion' of Peter Crozier.

The decision by the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, could have a profound effect for nursing staff taking industrial action affecting patients.

Mr Crozier, 48, said: 'I was quite friendly with a young woman on one of the other wards. But now because of this I could no longer see my lady friend.'

The industrial action was in support of staff at Rampton and Ashworth hospitals who were in dispute over travel allowances.