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Monday, 22 December 2014

Nurse who slept on job ‘is a risk to the public’

A NURSE who slept on the job has been told he is a risk to public safety following a fourth review into his ban from the profession.

FRANCIS PAJARILLAGA

By Will Metcalfe

Francis Rojie Pajarillaga was struck off as a registered nurse following a hearing in August 2011, which heard he fell asleep on duty and made errors with medication while working at Croft Care in Barrow.

Members of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s misconduct panel decided to extend the ban following a hearing on December 5.

Mr Pajarillaga, of Ramsden Street, Barrow, currently works at a care home in Grange as a senior care assistant and has been unable to find work as a registered nurse since being struck off.

In his absence, the panel found Mr Pajarillaga still poses a substantial risk to the public due to a lack of insight into the reasons he was struck off, along with the fact he has made no efforts to keep his nursing knowledge up to date.

A report from the NMC panel said: “The panel decided that in the circumstances of this case, where Mr Pajarillaga has failed to take steps to remedy his failings over a period of some 15 months and has not been in practice as a registered nurse for over two years, having recently failed to secure employment as a registered nurse, it could not formulate conditions of practice that would be realistic, workable or practicable.

“The panel thus concluded that conditions of practice would no longer be sufficient to protect the public given Mr Pajarillaga’s serious failings.”

The panel criticised the way Mr Pajarillaga has described the sanctions against him as a hardship and said he has failed to show any insight into his situation.

They added: “No up-to-date employment references or testimonials are available to the panel.

“No information from his current employer about his general performance as a senior care assistant has been provided, nor has Mr Pajarillaga provided any information as to why he was unsuccessful in his application to be a registered nurse at the home.

“The panel has seen no evidence of Mr Pajarillaga having made efforts to keep his professional knowledge as a nurse up to date and documented, for example by compiling and maintaining a learning portfolio.”

The panel said there is a serious risk Mr Pajarillaga will repeat his offences if he is allowed to return as a registered nurse.

When approached by the Evening Mail, Mr Pajarillaga declined to comment but said he was planning to appeal against the ban.

The striking off order was put in place on December 14.

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