Hereford & Worcester

Redditch diabetes death: Anger that nurse not struck off

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Media captionMargaret Pitt had been admitted to hospital with high blood sugar levels

The husband of a diabetes patient who died in hospital has criticised a decision not to strike off a nurse.

Margaret Pitt died at the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch, Worcestershire, after Jackie Charman failed to check blood sugar levels.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council gave Miss Charman a five-year caution order and said she could continue to work after further training.

David Pitt said he felt "disappointment, frustration and hurt".

The Nursing and Midwifery Council said it would not comment on individual cases, but was "open to further dialogue" with Mr Pitt.

He said: "I don't want to sound vindictive or cruel but my family lost a... wife and a mother we all loved dearly.

"We were fairly confident this lady would be struck off because somebody died. This is no small thing here.

"Hearing she can go back to work after five years; at the moment I think this is horrific."

His wife had lived with Type 1 diabetes for 30 years.

Image caption Jackie Charman admitted failing to make the necessary checks

At the hearing on Thursday, Miss Charman admitted she did not check Mrs Pitt's blood sugar levels during the night, in November 2010, and did not offer the patient anything to eat at bedtime.

A coroner ruled in June 2012 that she committed a gross failure.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust released a statement offering sincere condolences to Mrs Pitt's family and stating Ms Charman was no longer an employee.

"We took action to improve care following this case. We continue to invest heavily in diabetes services both in our hospitals and in the community," it added.

In August 2013, an undisclosed settlement was paid by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust to Mrs Pitt's family.

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