July 8, 2009

British nurse suspended for double duty

British medical authorities have suspended a nurse who simultaneously worked full-time jobs at hospitals in London and Wales.

The conduct and competence committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard Athene Baiete-Coker, 32, worked for nearly 12 months at two National Health Service hospitals, the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff and Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust in London, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday.

The hospitals are about 150 miles apart.

Baiete-Coker said she was living in Cardiff and working at the hospital in the city when she accepted the London job to be closer to her fiance. However, she said she decided to keep the Cardiff job after her mother, who lives in the city, fell ill with a brain tumor.

In my culture, the eldest automatically becomes the main provider or sole provider, said Baiete-Coker, whose family moved from Sierra Leone to Cardiff when she was 14. Because my mum was a single parent it was always left to me.

The nurse pleaded guilty in May 2008 at Cardiff Magistrates Court to five charges including false accounting, obtaining money by deception and falsifying documents. She was sentenced to four months imprisonment.

Jillian Alderwick, chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council panel, said the council found Baiete-Coker's fitness to practice was impaired and suspended her for 12 months.