Year 2, week 23: carry on nursing

Well, it was quite a day yesterday as I found myself instructed on behalf of a nurse who was the subject of disciplinary proceedings before the Nursing and Midwifery Council. When I arrived, I introduced myself at the door to be told, “Ah, you’re here for the naughty nurses tribunal” before being directed to the right place. My client was being threatened with being struck off the register for writing a blog criticising the Council itself and specifically its disciplinary process. I won’t mention the name of the blog here just in case it exacerbates the problem. Anyway, it seemed that she was in pretty deep trouble and I arrived all armed with arguments on freedom of expression, right to a fair trial and proportionality in punishment. When I met my client I spent about twenty minutes explaining all of this though with the caveat that we may be in difficulties.
“Don’t you worry love,” the nurse replied.
“Why do you say that?” I asked.
“Haven’t they ever taught you to know your tribunal?” she asked, smiling slightly.
“Er, I guess so, but I’ve no idea who we’re in front of today.”
“I got the nod last night from one of the administrative staff here. The person we’re in front of is a barrister who’s notorious throughout the profession. Smile sweetly and wear the right clothes and you’re home and dry.” After which she proceeding to take off her cardigan to reveal a low cut nurses uniform which made her look like something out of a Carry On film. “You just do your stuff,” she said, “and don’t worry about me. I’ll take care of the outcome.”

Which of course she did. And the name of the barrister?

A certain OldSmoothie.

March 5, 2008 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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