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Dumfries nurse struck off over kicking claim

A Dumfries nurse who was accused of kicking an elderly dementia patient at a care home has been struck off.

It follows a review of a supervision order imposed on him 12 months ago.

A Nursing and Midwifery Council panel ruled Ian Rafferty had made no attempt to address his failings in his practice since the original hearing.

The initial disciplinary action stemmed from an incident at an NHS care home in Annan in July 2011 in which an 80-year-old woman suffered a leg wound.

Mr Rafferty - who had worked in the unit for 12 years with a previously unblemished record - was subsequently dismissed.

An NMC misconduct panel later ruled that he could continue to work as a mental health nurse but only under supervision and with the condition that he took steps to address his shortcomings.

However, a review hearing was told that Mr Rafferty - who did not attend - had failed to address any of the failings identified in his practice and should therefore be struck from the professional register.

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