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'Go on, die' carer is struck off.

Byline: JOHN ROWBOTHAM

A care worker who told an old lady with dementia "go on then, die"has been struck off.

Eileen Blair "failed to provide a basic standard of care and had been emotionally abusive to residents" at the Wallace View nursing home in Stirling, the Scottish Social Services' Council's Fitness to Practice Panel ruled.

The panel, meeting in Dundee, heard Blair had gone over to the old lady, identified only as AA, leaned both her hands on the arms of her wheelchair and shouted at her to "shut up".

When AA said she felt like dying, Blair shouted "on you go, just die", or words to that effect.

The incident occurred in or around July, 2017.

Blair denied telling AA to shut up and stated that the comment about dying had been taken out of context.

But the panel found the allegation proved, on the balance of probabilities.

It also found that on at least one other occasion, Blair had failed to take another resident, BB, to the toilet when she asked for assistance to go.

She said instead: "You've not long been, you are not going", adding "wet yourself " and "I don't have time, you will have to do it in your chair", or words to that effect.

The panel ruled: "Failing to toilet the service user and telling her to wet herself was neglectful and abusive behaviour. Shouting at a resident telling her to just die was emotional abuse.

"Your behaviour breached fundamental tenets of the profession."

It said striking off - the most serious sanction available - was "necessary and justified" because Blair had shown neither "insight, regret, [nor] apology".

It added that she had been given an opportunity to comment, but had chosen not to do so.

Neglectful and abusive behaviour

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