A nurse who worked for Stephen Hawking for fifteen years was suspended in a secret tribunal for alleged "grave" misconduct in relation to his care.
The immediate family of the scientist had filed a complaint that led to a lengthy investigation of the indictment. Patricia Dowdy, the mail on Sunday, has learned.
But details of the case and the nature of Ms. Dowdy's disciplinary proceedings were suppressed by the Nursing Board.
The public and the media were excluded from the hearing, which in turn sparked renewed concern over a shift toward "Secret Ju" will stice ".
Ms. Dowdy was suspended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) because of the gravity of the allegations against her that were never published, when the allegations came up.
To hear that ultimately it will be decided that her fate will endure now – but kept behind closed doors. It is likely that the fees will never be publicly disclosed.
It is estimated that the Ipswich, Suffolk, nurse did not work for Hawking for at least two years before succumbing to motor neurone disease at the age of 76 in March last year
As a reporter for Mail had turned up at the NMC in Stratford, East London on Sunday, he was denied entry and he said that the hearing of Ms. Dowdy's "fitness-to-practice", which was due to end at the end of this month, was private.
19659002] Later, the NMC stated that because of Mrs. Dowdy's "health" a confidentiality order had been issued, but the further processing refused.
Dowdy, 61, was suspended for serious misconduct for her treatment of the scientist.
Yesterday asked for her claim, Mrs. Dowdy sa id: This is all very annoying. Can I just say "no comment" at the moment? I should not talk to anyone.
A source known to have said that the charges against the nurse were "quite serious", however, refused to discuss the matter further.In 2004, ten nurses taking care of Hawking accused his second wife It is not known whether Ms. Dowdy was one of those who made statements to the police, or whether this case is linked to the ongoing hearing.
It turned out that he had been mistreated Author of A Short History Of Time repeatedly brought to a hospital with no explanation was injured, such as a broken wrist, cuts on his face and a cut lip that made his family safe for his safety. "Both he and Ms. Mason denied the allegations, and the Police did not take action.
Yesterday, MEPs and activists reacted with dismay to the decision to hold disciplinary proceedings in secret.
The details of the case and the nature of Ms. Dowdy's disciplinary proceedings were suppressed by the Nursing Board – to the fury of the scientist's family
Independent MP John Woodcock, who helped his electorate fight for NMC hearings with midwives who were involved in the unnecessary death of babies at the Furness General Hospital in Cumbria, warned that secrecy could increase the risk of further increase in tragedy.
He said: "It is deeply worrying that the NMC is trying to reduce transparency."
Why does such cases have to be heard outdoors
? MPs and patient safety campaigns are increasingly concerned about the creeping mystery of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which regulates the 690,000 nurses and midwives in Britain and holds disciplinary hearings.
In September 2016, no more detailed indictments were issued to nurses and midwives prior to NMC hearings. Reporting of national newspaper hearings fell from 51 cases in 2016 to 16 in 2018.
In March of last year, the then head of NMC, Jackie Smith, announced plans to "open public hearings" only in "Exceptions", arguing that a softer approach would encourage people to make more mistakes. In July, the NMC released its new fitness training strategy, which states, "In many cases, a public hearing may not be required."
The Professional Standards Authority, which oversees health and social care regulators, criticized the move. Recalling that the NMC's own constitution states that cases should normally be "dealt with in a public forum".
The current trend means that there is a danger of another scandal like the "Musketeer Midwives" – their pro-natural belief in the work led to the death of eleven babies and one mother, which were exposed in 2015 by The MoS – The details of a disciplinary hearing may never be disclosed to the public.
And open Justice fighter John Hemming added: "Justice in the dark is never right justice. If you want people to trust the regulator, justice must be done – and considered done.
Prof Hawking had been confined to a wheelchair since he was 30 and was being visited by a private nurse and caregiver paid for by the University of Cambridge, where he was a mathematics professor.
Ms. Dowdy was often at his side. She was photographed with him in 2014, when he met the then Federal Chancellor George Osborne at an event in London.
Several months later it was described that she held [Hawking’s] a hand to allow a light handshake on its introduction to a journalist.
Hawking married his first wife, Jane, in 1965, shortly after he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, and they had three children: Lucy, Robert, and Tim. The fame, however, burdened the marriage and they divorced in 1995.
Later, he married his nurse Elaine Mason, whose former husband, engineer David Mason, produced Hawking's voice synthesizer. They divorced in 2006.
Last night, a spokesperson for the family said they did not want to comment on the NMC's hearing, but said, "The past year has been a very worrying time for us."
That claimed the NMC It was not intended to hold further hearings behind closed doors.
It is said: "Hearings are usually held in public, and in some cases, including this specific case, there are reasons why this is not the case because of the health of those involved fully justify our decisions so that there is transparency about what steps have been taken to protect the public for what reasons. "
In many recent cases, however, MoS has not been able to find out any published details of allegations against nurses.
Alan Clamp, chief executive of the Professional Standards Authority, which oversees health regulators, said, "We support efforts to make the acquisition of fitness exercises less detrimental, but public trust is an integral part of regulation that open hearings are an important means of assuring the public that serious cases are handled properly. "