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Byline: Marie Levy

A Teesside midwife has been struck off the nursing register for putting women and babies at risk at the University Hospital of North Tees.

Julia Ways, 45, of Middlesbrough left an inexperienced student, Gemma McPhillips, in charge of a complicated birth while she went for a break, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.

She also let her carry out an internal examination on the patient at a critical stage in labour despite only having three weeks experience. And when the baby's heart rate was being recorded as "pathological and suspicious" Ways waited 50 minutes before calling a doctor.

The patient, who was admitted to the Stockton hospital in March 2005, gave birth to a baby girl who was floppy and limp and had to be rushed to resuscitation.

Ways said she did not intervene because she had a headache and did not want to embarrass Ms McPhillips.

She did not attend the hearing in London yesterday but admitted in writing to failing to call a doctor and allowing Ms Phillips to do the external examination. But she denied leaving her in sole care of the patient while she took a break.

She also denied inappropriately delegating care to two other women and failing to adequately manage the second stage of labour of another.

The hearing was also told Ways had received a written warning from her employers in April 2002 for the misuse of pain relief, Entonox, which is often used during child birth. Ways was said to be inhaling the gas.

David Glendinning, of the NMC, said: "There is no reassurance there will not be a repetition if she is allowed to practise."

Panel chairwoman Nancy Kirkland said it was a "serious departure from the relevant standards" and there had been no explanation of regret or apology.

"Her actions put a lot of women and their unborn babies at risk," she said.

"In this case the only proportional and appropriate sanction is a striking off order. This order is necessary for the protection of the public and maintaining public confidence in the midwifery profession."

Unless an appeal is lodged, Ways will not be allowed to apply to be put back on the register for five years.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Mar 23, 2007
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