‘Look at those saggy tits’ CARE HOME BOSS SACKED FOR IN­SULT­ING PA­TIENT

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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.

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