‘Nazi salute’ nurse de­nies eth­nic mi­nor­ity staff in­sults

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A NURSE ac­cused of do­ing Nazi salutes and goose-step­ping in a care home in­sulted eth­nic mi­nor­ity col­leagues, a hear­ing was told.

Stephen John­son al­legedly en­cour­aged a men­tally ill pa­tient to join in while he was deputy ward man­ager at Sev­er­alls House in Colchester, Es­sex.

Chris Rene­han, John­son’s boss at the time, told the NMC panel the nurse was known for in­sult­ing his col­leagues in the months prior to be­ing sus­pended.

John­son is al­leged to have called a Jewish col­league “Hezbol­lah” and “Ha­mas”, aimed a Nazi salute at him and said, “BNP go home”.

He is also said to have goose-stepped in front of a fe­male care as­sis­tant he was sex­u­ally ha­rass­ing and grabbed the gen­i­tals of a col­league and a pa­tient.

His fel­low deputy ward man­ager, Joseph Suen, said John­son was well known to make in­sult­ing re­marks.

John­son claims the al­le­ga­tions, in­clud­ing a seven-month cam­paign of sex­ual harass­ment, are un­true.

He re­signed from the North Es­sex Part­ner­ship NHS Foun­da­tion Trust in Au­gust 2010 be­fore a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing could take place.

The hear­ing con­tin­ues.

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