Nurse 'abused' elderly residents at Burnley care home

Elderly residents at a Lancashire care home were clinically, physically and verbally abused by a nurse, a disciplinary hearing has been told.

Bilquees Akhtar faces twelve charges of misconduct while working at The Grove in Burnley in 2010.

She is accused of trying to force medication into a patient's mouth, ignoring a patient who had fallen, and referring to staff as "dirty bitches".

Ms Akhtar is not expected to attend the Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing.

The hearing will question Ms Akhtar's fitness to practise based on allegations that, between March and November 2010, she:

  • attempted to put medication in a resident's mouth against his will
  • failed to advise paramedics whether or not there was a Do Not Resuscitate order in place
  • failed to inform a doctor that another resident was refusing to take his full prescription of insulin
  • left a woman in her room in such a position that she could not reach an emergency buzzer
  • told a resident who had fallen: "You have done this to yourself, you have put yourself on the floor, you can do more than you are letting on"
  • failed to attend to a diabetic resident who was found to be pale and sweaty when requested by a carer
  • told one woman that her husband was "a pig"
  • shouted in a resident's face for her "to take her pills"
  • referred to members of staff as "dirty bitches"

The hearing in London is expected to last six days.

If the case against Ms Akhtar is proved, she could face suspension or being struck off.

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