Nurse who 'drunkenly danced' and sipped vodka on night shift in Burton Latimer struck off register

She was suspended a year ago - but now she has turned down the chance to ever work as a nurse again.

Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 4:24 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 4:25 pm
A nurse has refused a chance to work again after she was suspended for drinking on the job.

A Northamptonshire nurse has refused the chance to work again after she was suspended last year for drinking on the job.

Sophia McGill was suspended for 12 months last year after she turned up to work at a Burton Latimer care home in 2017 intoxicated before "drunkenly dancing" and sipping vodka on duty.

She was the only nurse in charge on the night, and her actions also meant she failed to provide medication to patients, and refused to work with a Nursing and Midwifery Council investigation into what happened.

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The investigation also found she had failed to tell the board she had been convicted of drink-driving in 2015.

Last year, nurse McGill was told she could use the 12 months to reflect on her actions and return to work as a nurse at the end of the suspension order.

But now, at the end of her suspension, a board has heard how the nurse "has no intention" to return to the profession, maintains she "did nothing wrong" and is now "enjoying her retirement".

As a result, at a hearing on January 31, the Nursing and Midwifery Council struck Sophia McGill from the register.

The panel ruled: "Mrs McGill has shown no insight and 'no evidence of even the beginnings of any remediation'.

"Since the last hearing, there has been no engagement from Mrs McGill other than [two] emails. Both of these emails stated that Mrs McGill has not practised as a nurse for two years and has no intention of returning to the profession.

"In the absence of any evidence of insight, remediation, or safe practice, Ms Dongray submitted that Mrs McGill’s fitness to practise remains impaired."