‘Nazi salute’ nurse denies ethnic minority staff insults
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.