Nurse Stephen Johnson accused over 'Nazi salutes'

A mental health nurse is to go before a professional standards tribunal accused of various counts of misconduct.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) will hear allegations Stephen Johnson sent a colleague "a text message showing a photograph of a vagina".

Mr Johnson is also accused of twice performing "Nazi salutes".

He was a deputy ward manager for North Essex Partnership Foundation Trust when the alleged incidents happened between January 2008 and October 2009.

Goose-step allegation

The NMC, the nursing and midwifery regulator for the UK, will also hear allegations that Mr Johnson, a band six nurse, behaved "inappropriately in relation to a colleague".

He is accused of grabbing her in the toilets of a public house before trying "to kiss her".

Further accusations against Mr Johnson include that he "inappropriately" touched the genitals of a second colleague, whom he allegedly referred to as "Hamas" and/or "Hezbollah".

Mr Johnson faces two allegations of performing Nazi salutes and one of encouraging a patient to "goose-step and/or perform a Nazi salute".

The hearing, at the NMC's offices in Aldwych, central London, is expected to run until Friday.

A spokesman for the North Essex Partnership said Mr Johnson was no longer an employee.

He said: Following allegations that were made about Mr Johnson, the trust commenced an investigation into his conduct and referred him to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

"Mr Johnson resigned from the organisation before the investigation was concluded. We take all allegations very seriously and deal with them appropriately."

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