December 8 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 30, 2013
A former nurse at a Norfolk hospital has been struck off after being found with indecent images of patients he was meant to care for.
Kuljeet Drubra had worked at various hospitals around Norfolk, including at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
Drubra worked at the NNUH from October 2005 until June 2012, however the images date back to 2003.
Drubra, who lived in Lowestoft at the time of the offences, was convicted of voyeurism, indecent assault and possessing indecent images of children at Ipswich Crown Court on August 23 2012.
He had been dismissed from his position at the NNUH in June for gross misconduct.
Drubra was sentenced to a three year community order and was required to attend a sex offenders group programme and was given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for life.
After a hearing yesterday the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) struck Drubra from its register.
The NMC’s panel which sat the hearing was chaired by Andrew Coleman.
He said: “The panel is mindful that a striking off order may be the appropriate sanction where the registrant’s behaviour is fundamentally incompatible with being a registered nurse, where there has been a serious departure from relevant professional standards, an abuse of a position of trust, serious sexual misconduct, where there has been a persistent lack of insight into the seriousness of actions, and where the charges relate to convictions or cautions.
“The panel is satisfied that these considerations are applicable in this case.
“If Mr Drubra were to remain on the register, the public would not be protected; it would seriously undermine the trust and confidence that patients have in the profession and the NMC as its regulator.”
A spokeswoman for the NNUH said it had been the hospital’s trust which referred Drubra to the Nursing and Midwifery Council and said he had been sacked because of the police probe.
She said: “The trust was informed by the police that Kuljeet Drubra was in possession of photographs taken in 2003. “Following consultation with the police, the trust referred him to the Nursing and Midwifery Council after he had been charged with sexual offences.
“Mr Drubra commenced employment with the Trust in 2005 and was dismissed in June 2012 as a result of the Police investigation.”