London, May 31 (PTI): An Indian-origin nurse who was so wary of germs and infection that she often threw tablets into the mouths of patients from a distance was today suspended for a year.
Sarita Mittal, 46, allegedly lobbed pills into patients’ mouths as if she was “playing darts” because they were “dirty”, a hearing of the Nursing and Midwifery Council was told. Mittal worked at the Poplars Nursing Home in Smethwick, Birmingham.
Sandash Kumar, who also worked at the same nursing home, described Mittal’s actions as throwing the medication “as if she were playing darts”. The council, which suspended her for a year today, was told during the hearing that some of the patients were left spluttering on their medication and care assistants had to stop them from choking.
The chair of the council’s panel hearing the case, Sheila Hewitt, said: “On many occasions, sometimes with vulnerable patients, Ms Mittal administered medication by throwing it with her hand into the mouths of patients.”