Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire Health visitor struck off after baby's arm-break missed

A health visitor has been struck off after she failed to spot a baby in her care had a broken arm.

Deborah Kendall saw the mother and her baby in March 2011 while employed by Cambridgeshire Community Services.

No full physical examination was carried out despite the mother telling Ms Kendall her baby had patches of bruising that appeared at night.

At a Nursing and Midwifery Council conduct hearing, Ms Kendall admitted not carrying out a medical examination.

She also admitted making "inadequate notes" of the appointment.

Ms Kendall, who was based near Ely at the time, had about 35 years' experience as a health professional.

Louise Price, for Ms Kendall, said she had "deep remorse" about what happened and "had not sought to blame others or detract from her own responsibilities".

The panel was told, however, that Ms Kendall had a "heavy case load" at the time.

But the panel found she had placed the baby "at unwarranted risk of harm" and stated safeguarding a "vulnerable infant" was central to a health visitor's responsibilities.

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