PUBLISHED: 10:30 10 March 2019 | UPDATED: 13:10 10 March 2019
An Ipswich nurse who’s accused of misconduct over her care of world-renowned scientist Stephen Hawking is having her case heard in non-public.
Patricia Dowdy, 61, has been handed an interim suspension by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which regulates the occupation, and her misconduct listening to started on February 11.
It’s understood Dowdy labored for the Cambridge College scientist and writer of A Transient Historical past of Time for 15 years.
Professor Hawking died in March final 12 months on the age of 76, having lived with motor neurone illness for greater than 50 years.
Dowdy’s listening to – which is ready to be concluded subsequent week – is being heard behind closed doorways.
The NMC, who wouldn’t give particulars on the character of the cost, stated at occasions the person wants of these concerned got here earlier than public curiosity.
Matthew McClelland, director of Health to Practise on the Nursing and Midwifery Council stated: “Our laws and steering may be very clear that hearings will often happen in public.
“In some circumstances, together with this specific case, there are the reason why this will not all the time occur – because of the well being of these concerned within the case, or that the allegations are associated to a well being situation of the nurse or midwife.
“Public curiosity is all the time thought of however the panel should all the time put the person wants of all these concerned, together with households, sufferers, nurses, midwives and nursing associates, first.”
The NMC listening to is going down on the NMC’s London headquarters in Stratford Place, Montfichet Street.