Suspension of nurse who gave drug on consultant's instructions

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7086.1043a (Published 05 April 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1043

Consultant is grateful for readers' support

  1. John M Kellett, Consultant geriatriciana
  1. a St Georges's Hospital Medical School, University of London, London SW17 0RE
  2. b Royal London Hospital, London E1 1BB

    Editor—I wish to thank the many readers who have supported my action and that of the sister in a day hospital in giving a psychotic patient surreptitious drug treatment.1 Needless to say, this was very much a last resort. I did not give the patient his drugged tea myself because he would not have accepted it from me; the nurse concerned naturally hesitated when I asked her to give it, and I foolishly assured her that I would take full responsibility.

    Since then I have done everything in my power to persuade the hospital administration to put matters right–without success. I hoped that publicity might facilitate this. The chairman of the trust, however, …

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