Amanda Jenkinson, 46, was working at the Bassetlaw District General Hospital in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, UK when she was convicted of causing Kathleen Turner, 67, grievous bodily harm with intent by interfering with her ventilator.
Her conviction was overturned on 18 November 2005 by the Court of Appeal following a referral by the Criminal Cases review Commission. Judges heard that the evidence against her was ‘fundamentally flawed, inaccurate and misleading’.
She told the Nursing Standard: “I feel at a loss to express how I feel other than utter sadness, devastation and disappointment with a profession that I once held in such high regard.
“I was once described by fellow colleagues as ‘the perfect nurse’. Well if this is how a hard-working nurse is treated it is a sad reflection on a distinguished profession.”
Now, more than a decade since Amanda was struck off the nursing register, Mr Justice Cranston quashed the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s finding that she was guilty of misconduct. The judge said, “When the Court of Appeal rules a conviction is unsafe, not only is the conviction substituted by an acquittal, but any further decisions consequential or parasitic on that conviction should have no effect. In my view, the conviction having been quashed, this court exercising its powers should quash the decision of the Council”.
The High Court heard that Miss Jenkinson has no intention of returning to her nursing career but felt strongly that the “misconduct” finding against her should be expunged from the record.
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