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Nurse cleared of dishonesty charge

PUBLISHED: 14:51 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 09:52 12 August 2010

A FILIPINO nurse who failed to tell her employers she had previously received a caution from her regulating body has had the case against her thrown out.

A FILIPINO nurse who failed to tell her employers she had previously received a caution from her regulating body has had the case against her thrown out.

Emerlita Haulkhory, 63, received a five-year caution in 2002 after she was found guilty by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of failing to seek medical assistance when a patient took an overdose.

The patient survived but the nurse was sacked from the Little Highwood Hospital in Brentwood, Essex, where she had worked for ten years.

But the council heard when she came to applying for a new job as a care home manager for Bromley Primary Care Trust in 2004 she filled out the form indicating she had no NMC proceedings against her.

Her representative, Mr Stephen Bradley, told the hearing it was a 'genuine mistake,' adding she had simply misread the instructions.

NMC chair Judy Carr told the hearing the panel had taken into account the fact that English was not the learning disabilities nurse's first language.

She said: "Her failure to disclose her caution could have been carelessness or as a result of misunderstanding.

"There is no indication her actions were dishonest. The panel has decided that although this mistake is extremely regrettable it does not amount to misconduct."

She is now free to continue to practice without restriction, as the five-year caution has lapsed.

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