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Nurse asked patients where do I inject you?'

PUBLISHED: 17:01 06 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:40 23 August 2010

A NURSE who made five blunders in a day but claimed he was let down by his health trust and union representative has been found guilty of various charges. Barry Torrens faced numerous charges including asking patients where they would like injections at

A NURSE who made five blunders in a day but claimed he was let down by his health trust and union representative has been found guilty of various charges.

Barry Torrens faced numerous charges including asking patients where they would like injections at a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) hearing.

The 47-year-old, from Thamesmead, claimed he was ignored at work and left to drift 'like a lost ship on the ward' at Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford during the hearing on Friday.

He was sacked on May 18, 2006, for a string of basic errors that left managers fearing for patients' safety.

But Mr Torrens said managers' claims that he needed almost constant supervision were part of a consensus between bosses to freeze him out. One matron who complained about him acted as 'judge and at the same time as prosecutor' and briefed other managers against him before he could put his side of the story across, he said.

He added: "During my contact with her she phoned and came through to have a meeting with them, and as soon as these briefing meetings took place you would have to say the atmosphere changed."

On July 27, 2005 he made five mistakes including conducting an 'unsafe' procedure on a patient to check if their stomach tube was in place, it was said.

Between May 2005 and April 2006 four different nurses found failures including repeatedly administering drugs without knowing what they were for and forgetting to check patients' names. Mr Torrens insisted health care assistants refused to do as he said despite his position as senior nurse on Beech ward and that managers ignored his pleas to address the problem officially.

He said: "When I asked for assistance there were some of them who didn't listen to anything I said at all.

"When I told them about it they just ignored me, whatever I had to say.

"They were not cooperative."

Torrens faced eight charges of failing to demonstrate the correct skills and practising unsupervised between May 2005 and April 2006.

He was also arrested and cautioned in October 2005 for assault and actual bodily harm, a matter that will be dealt with separately.

Torrens was given an interim suspension order for 18 months but will have to wait until at least August to hear whether he will banned from the profession.

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