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SACKED NURSE SET TO GET HER JOB BACK.

Byline: BY BOB HAYWOOD

SACKED nurse Kerry Woolley is in line to be given her job back, it was revealed last night.

Hospital chiefs in Birmingham are planning an embarrassing climb-down after dismissing the mum-of-two.

Kerry, 23, of Kings Norton, Birmingham, was wrongly branded a violent mugger by the Criminal Records Bureau because she had been mixed up with another woman of the same name and similar date of birth.

Now the Bureau, which vets all staff starting new jobs working with children and other vulnerable groups such as hospital patients, has admitted it was wrong.

But the University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust had already jumped the gun - and fired Kerry for alleged gross misconduct.

Last night, the Trust said: "All NHS trusts have recently been required to review their vetting and recruitment processes.

"We have been asked to be particularly vigilant with regard to the Criminal Records Bureau process, ensuring that patient safety is paramount.

"Ms Woolley had been offered a post as an auxiliary nurse. Unfortunately, as part of our pre-employment check, the CRB was not initially able to validate her submission.

"In line with our policy, the offer of employment was withdrawn.

"But we appreciate that Ms Woolley has been caught up in an unfortumate set of circumstances which is why we are more than happy to talk to her about potential options."

Kerry said: "There have been so many twists and turns in this affair, I don't know what to think.

"I was suspended, then dismissed, because the hospital Trust wouldn't believe me and wasn't willing to wait a short time for the muddle to be sorted out.

"But if I am to be offered my job back, I would obviously consider it because I had set my heart on a career in nursing."

A CRB spokeswoman said: "We have to err on the side of caution to protect the public.

"In those rare cases when there are people of the same or similar name and/or date of birth, we inform the prospective employer of our findings. There is an appeals procedure to resolve disputes."

bobhaywood@mrn.co.uk
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Date:Sep 9, 2007
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