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Guilty verdict on health worker

Monday, 13th September 2004.

A PHYSIOTHERAPIST found guilty of misconduct has had conditions placed on her registration for two years.

Fiona Drew, of Haverhill, appeared before a private session of the Health Professions Council in London to answer to the Conduct and Competence committee.

Her solicitor, Sue Sleeman, had successfully applied for the hearing to be held behind closed doors because her client did not want her mental and physical condition made public.

It was alleged at the three-day hearing Ms Drew's fitness to practice as a registered health professional was impaired by reason of her lack of confidence between September 2000 and December 2003 while employed by West Suffolk Hospital and Ipswich Hospital Trusts.

Ms Drew had been made subject of an interim order placing conditions on her registration in order to protect members of the public and in her own interests.

Tony Haze, Committee Chairman, said Ms Drew's case would be subject to review before the end of the two-year period.

"There is evidence that in order to fulfil the obligation of the Health Professions Council with regard to the protection of the public it is necessary to impose a Conditions of Practice Order.

"For a period of two years Ms Drew must not undertake respiratory care in an Intensive Care Unit, unless prior to doing so you have satisfactorily completed a period of relevant supervision training," Mr Hazel said.

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