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Peter Carter takes on the Daily Mail over its coverage of Victorino Chua

RCN general secretary Peter Carter complains to the Daily Mail after college members express concern at the reporting of the Victorino Chua case

RCN general secretary Peter Carter has written to the Daily Mail to raise concerns about its reporting of the Victorino Chua case.

Chua, who is Filipino, was jailed for at least 35 years at Manchester Crown Court last week for murdering two patients at Steeping Hill Hospital in Cheshire in 2011 by injecting insulin into saline bags and ampoules, and for poisoning 20 others.

Dr Carter contacted the newspaper after RCN members complained to the college about coverage that included a piece headlined NHS STILL hiring Filipino nurses despite Victorino Chua scandal.

Dr Carter highlighted the enormous contribution Filipino nurses have made to the NHS.

The RCN objects strongly to any media story which would suggest that the actions of one disturbed individual should be preventing the NHS from recruiting any further Filipino staff, he said.

In common with other professionals whose actions have besmirched

RCN general secretary Peter Carter has written to the Daily Mail to raise concerns about its reporting of the Victorino Chua case.

Chua, who is Filipino, was jailed for at least 35 years at Manchester Crown Court last week for murdering two patients at Steeping Hill Hospital in Cheshire in 2011 by injecting insulin into saline bags and ampoules, and for poisoning 20 others.

Dr Carter contacted the newspaper after RCN members complained to the college about coverage that included a piece headlined ‘NHS STILL hiring Filipino nurses despite Victorino Chua scandal’.

Dr Carter highlighted the ‘enormous contribution’ Filipino nurses have made to the NHS.

‘The RCN objects strongly to any media story which would suggest that the actions of one disturbed individual should be preventing the NHS from recruiting any further Filipino staff,’ he said.

‘In common with other professionals whose actions have besmirched the good name of caring over the years, the Chua case has been the subject of much media interest and comment. Nurses from the Philippines have been working in the NHS for many years and have contributed enormously to our health service,’ he added.

Dr Carter went on to say the media has a duty to report the facts and to investigate, analyse and debate in a ‘sensitive and appropriate manner’.

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