Hawk­ing’s nurse gets struck off

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THE for­mer nurse of Pro­fes­sor Stephen Hawk­ing has been struck off the nurs­ing reg­is­ter af­ter a panel found she did not give ap­pro­pri­ate care to the renowned physi­cist.

The Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery Coun­cil said yes­ter­day that Pa­tri­cia Dowdy “failed to pro­vide the stan­dards of good, pro­fes­sional care that we ex­pect and Pro­fes­sor Hawk­ing de­served”.

The 61-year-old, who was with Prof Hawk­ing ( above) be­tween 1999 and 2004 and em­ployed again from July 2013, had been handed an in­terim sus­pen­sion back in March 2016.

She faced mul­ti­ple mis­con­duct charges in re­la­tion to the care she pro­vided to the bof­fin, who died in March last year at the age of 76.

The fam­ily of Prof Hawk­ing lodged a com­plaint which had ini­tially prompted the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Mrs Dowdy.

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