‘Look at those saggy tits’ CARE HOME BOSS SACKED FOR INSULTING PATIENT
A CARE home manager who told an elderly woman she had “saggy tits” has been banned from working.
Qualified nurse Patricia Thomas, 48, pointed at the grandmother’s chest to tell her to tuck her breasts into her skirt.
A disciplinary hearing was told how Mrs Thomas made the cruel comment in front of the lady’s family as they visited her in the private care home.
Grandaughter Martine Farrow said: “Mrs Thomas turned to my grandmother and said, ‘Look at those saggy tits’, while pointing towards her chest area.
“Then she said, ‘I say that to her every morning’.
“My nan has large breasts and has always been very conscious of them. I know that comment must have been upsetting for her.”
Mrs Thomas was removed from the Care Council of Wales register after a hearing was told she also told her to “tuck those tits into your skirt”.
She said the resident was not upset by the language and didn’t think the use of such language was unprofessional – describing it as “banter”.
Ms Thomas was suspended from the Four Seasons Health Care-run Ty Gwynno Care Home, Pontypridd following an internal investigation in September 2012.
She did not attend the Care Council for Wales conduct committee in Cardiff.
Case presenter Tom Walker said: “This was derogatory language to use towards a resident. The language used can only be described as ‘insulting’.
“In this case the registrant was employed as a care home manager.
“The language she used had the potential to cause distress to the individual and clearly distress was caused to the family and other professionals.”
He said Mrs Thomas’ behaviour CRUEL: Manager made boob clearly represented a departure from the code of practice.
Panel chair Nia Roberts said if Mrs Thomas had heard another member of staff use similar language “she probably would have laughed”.
The NMC panel ruled her conduct amounted to gross misconduct and that her fitness to practice was impaired.
They gave her a 12-month conditions of practice order meaning she’ll have to retrain.