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Care nurse struck off for assaulting mental patients

PUBLISHED: 17:09 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:59 12 August 2010

A SENIOR care home nurse who laughed as he assaulted mentally handicapped residents was thrown out of the profession last Friday.  Peter Wheeler, 58, from Penge, forced an autistic man to run round a sports hall on a hot day for more than 20 minutes, refu

A SENIOR care home nurse who laughed as he assaulted mentally handicapped residents was thrown out of the profession last Friday.

Peter Wheeler, 58, from Penge, forced an autistic man to run round a sports hall on a hot day for more than 20 minutes, refusing him any water.

He hit the same resident over the head with an empty two-litre water bottle and twisted his ear so hard it went purple at the Heathview day centre in Greenwich.

Wheeler, who was not qualified to care for people with learning difficulties, was struck off the nursing register after being found guilty of misconduct.

Professor Maxwell Irvine, Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) panel chair, said: "The misconduct in this case included serious patient abuse and a suspension order is quite insufficient in the circumstances.

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