Daily digest April 28 2015

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Trust received warning about rapist male nurse's 'inappropriate behaviour' 

A nurse filmed himself raping two unconscious patients in an A&E ward at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford three years after the hospital trust received a warning about his ‘inappropriate behaviour’.

Andrew Hutchinson was jailed for 18 years yesterday as a judge said it was ‘impossible to conceive of a greater breach of trust in our society’ than these ‘grotesque’ crimes, Mail Online reports. 

Last night as he began his jail term, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust launched a ‘thorough’ review to see if Hutchinson’s crimes could have been prevented. 

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Ex-midwife will not dispute claims of role in deaths

A former midwife will not fight claims that her actions contributed to the deaths of two babies, a misconduct tribunal was told yesterday.

Marie Teresa Ratcliffe, who worked at Cumbria's Furness General Hospital, did not attend her Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) hearing in Stratford, London, and did not send a lawyer to represent her, the Guardian reports.

A letter from Ratcliffe to the NMC panel read: ‘I am a human being of good will. 

‘I accept that I have made mistakes and apologise to those affected by them. I will regret what happened for the rest of my life.’

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Organic milk can put babies’ health at risk

Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers choosing organic or long-life milk could be unwittingly putting their babies’ health at risk, an expert warned yesterday.

New research from the University of Reading found that milk certified as organic, or UHT milk, was one third lower in iodine than conventionally produced milk. 

Iodine plays a key role in babies’ brain development, particularly in the early stages of pregnancy, and studies have shown that children born to mothers low in iodine may have lower IQ, reading and spelling scores, the Times reports.

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Nurse cautioned over running payday loans to hospital staff

A nurse ran her own illegal payday loan company inside one of the country’s top hospitals and charged staff 10% interest on borrowing of up to £25,000, a tribunal has heard. 

Narcita Mallari made 12 loans to a colleague at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and became menacing when the £25,000 was not repaid, the Telegraph reports. She had already been given a suspended sentence at Cambridge Crown Court in 2013 for running a consumer credit business without a licence, the NMC heard. 

When handing Mallari a five-year caution, NMC panel chair Polly Clarke said: ‘This is not conduct that the public would expect of a registered nurse.’

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