Nurse car­ries on de­spite sex with ex-pa­tient

Midweek Sport - - BATCHELOR ON THE BOX -

A MEN­TAL health clinic man­ager who had an af­fair with a for­mer pa­tient and later mar­ried him can keep her job de­spite her “de­plorable” con­duct.

Bev­er­ley Ha­worth took the man to a pub and told him she found him at­trac­tive, the Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery Coun­cil heard.

The man, who suf­fered from de­pres­sion and se­vere anx­i­ety, claimed they had sex while he was still Ha­worth’s pa­tient in Septem­ber 2005.

But she in­sisted they only started hav­ing sex from Oc­to­ber 2006, when he was no longer her pa­tient, and the NMC panel agreed with her ver­sion of events.

Ha­worth was work­ing at the South Manch­ester Pri­mary Care Trust as a man­ager of the Pri­mary Care Men­tal Health Team, Wythen­shaw, at the time.

NMC panel chair­man Wil­liam Ard said: “Your re­la­tion­ship with him was such that other prac­ti­tion­ers would find your ac­tions de­plorable.”

She was cleared of hav­ing a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with him from Septem­ber 2005 after the panel ruled there was no case to an­swer.

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