Nurse struck off after can­cer lies

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ACHILDREN’S nurse who lied that she was dy­ing of can­cer has been struck off. Fib­bing Ali­cia Daniels told bosses at a Bris­tol hospi­tal she had womb can­cer.

She claimed she needed ra­dio­ther­apy and surgery – and even sent in bo­gus med­i­cal let­ters to shield her de­ceit.

Epilepsy nurse Daniels was banned from the pro­fes­sion as a dis­ci­plinary panel con­demned her lies as “sus­tained” and “pre­med­i­tated”.

Panel chair So­phie Lo­mas told the Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery Coun­cil: “This case in­volved so­phis­ti­cated dis­hon­esty over a sus­tained pe­riod of time.”

Daniels’ web of lies be­gan in July 2015 when, after a long chunk of sick leave, she re­vealed she had been di­ag­nosed with stage one womb can­cer.

She claimed her treat­ment had been sched­uled to be­gin im­me­di­ately at the hospi­tal.

But bosses found no ap­point­ment in her name at the ra­dio­ther­apy de­part­ment and be­came sus­pi­cious.

To cover her tracks, Daniels then sent a fake let­ter from the hospi­tal’s can­cer de­part­ment set­ting out a treat­ment plan.

And, in March 2016, Daniels in­sisted she was due to un­dergo surgery but when asked to pro­vide med­i­cal notes “kept mak­ing ex­cuses” .

She claimed her GP had re­fused to write can­cer on her sick note “as they only tended to write the bare min­i­mum”.

Daniels de­nied bosses ac­cess to her health records and even­tu­ally quit her job in July 2016, while still main­tain­ing she had can­cer.

She then went on to se­cure a job as a school nurse after sub­mit­ting bo­gus ref­er­ences.

The NMC said there was “no ev­i­dence to sup­port the sug­ges­tion that Miss Daniels had a se­ri­ous un­der­ly­ing health con­di­tion”.

Panel chair So­phie Lo­mas said: “This case in­volved so­phis­ti­cated and pre­med­i­tated dis­hon­esty over a sus­tained pe­riod of time.

‘’Miss Daniels con­tin­ued to con­ceal the truth de­spite be­ing chal­lenged and given sev­eral op­por­tuni- ties to come for­ward.

“Miss Daniels con­tin­ued to lie to her em­ployer about a false di­ag­no­sis of can­cer, de­spite be­ing chal­lenged on many oc­ca­sions and be­ing given op­por­tu­ni­ties to tell the truth.”

Daniels was banned in­def­i­nitely after the panel ruled she brought the pro­fes­sion into dis­re­pute.

Ms Lo­mas added: “Miss Daniels was work­ing in a pro­fes­sion which in­volved pro­vid­ing care to mem­bers of the pub­lic, know­ing full well that such mem­bers of the pub­lic, and their loved ones, have to deal with the suf­fer­ing caused by can­cer di­ag­noses.

“Any at­tempts to ex­plain her be­hav­iour ap­pear to have fo­cused on health and per­sonal cir­cum­stances.”

Daniels was not present or rep­re­sented at the hear­ing in Lon­don.

A Univer­sity Hos­pi­tals Bris­tol NHS Foun­da­tion Trust spokesper­son said: “We recog­nise the cen­tral role that our nurs­ing staff take in the treat­ment and sup­port of pa­tients.

“We take the in­tegrity and con­duct of all our staff ex­tremely se­ri­ously and value the role the NMC plays in en­sur­ing staff up­hold pro­fes­sional stan­dards.”

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