Black nurse struck off after he says regulator is run like plantation

Black nurse struck off after he says regulator is run like plantation

Black mental health nurse, 62, is struck off after he tells a misconduct hearing the profession’s regulating body is racist and run like a ‘sugarcane plantation’

  • Olufunsho Joseph Ayodele was found guilty of misconduct by disciplinary panel
  • He was subject to conditions of practice order which was extended three times
  • Ahead of latest review, he claimed NMC ‘colluded’ to bring down black people
  • A panel found comments showed his ‘lack of insight’ and ‘attitudinal problems’ 

A black nurse has been struck off after telling a disciplinary hearing the profession’s regulating body is racist and run like a ‘sugarcane plantation’.

Olufunsho Joseph Ayodele, who was found guilty of misconduct and had conditions imposed on his nursing practice, claimed his case was handled in a ‘racist way’ by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The 62-year-old has now been struck off after he claimed the board had ‘colluded’ to ‘bring down any black person rising’ in the profession and compared it to what happened during the ‘slave trade’.

In a bid to stop ‘history repeating itself’, he demanded that his misconduct case was reheard.

The mental health nurse has now been removed from the register after a panel found his comments ‘raised fundamental questions about his professionalism’ and ‘deep-seated attitudinal problems’.

Reverend Ayodele, who became a nurse in 2004, was working as a Deputy Manager on the Rusper Ward at Farmfield Hospital in Surrey which supports men with mental health problems.

Olufunsho Joseph Ayodele, who worked at Farmfield Hospital in Surrey (pictured) has been struck off after telling a disciplinary hearing the profession’s regulating body is racist

In April 2016, a panel found he ‘inappropriately’ let a student nurse do observations on a patient.

The following month, he gave another patient an injection into his thigh rather than his bottom and incorrectly recorded the details, the hearing was told.

A previous hearing – held in 2017 – then concluded that his fitness to practice was impaired due to misconduct.

As a result, strict conditions were imposed including that he must confine your practice to mental health nursing and that he must be observed when carrying out certain duties.

The conditions of practice order was subject to a number of reviews since the hearing and each time, the order was extended and is next due to expire in March this year.

However, in light of Reverend Ayodele’s comments ahead of the review this week, the panel has now decided he should be struck off. 

In a letter to the Royal College of Nursing which addressed whether he wanted to attend the review or be represented, he claimed the Nursing and Midwifery Council were ‘fraudulent’.

He wrote: ‘As far as I’m concerned all that the people on NMC’s panel do, whether white or black is to collude to bring down any black person rising in that profession.

Reverend Ayodele was originally found guilty of misconduct by a panel who found that he had incorrectly administered an injection to a patient’s thigh in 2016 instead of their buttocks

‘This is exactly what happened during the slave trade when some blacks were co-opted as slave masters both in Britain and Africa to secure Britain’s commodity – the slaves.

‘I will not allow history to repeat itself in my case. If you are sure what you did was professional then I challenge you to rehear the case now that the student has graduated.

‘If this were to happen today, then I can be proud to declare myself a nurse again.’

Reverend Ayodele then refused to attend the review hearing in an email as he claimed the NMC ‘think they know everything’ and likened the organisation to a plantation.

While referencing his letter, he wrote: ‘The points listed are my reasons not to come before any NMC committee because you think you know everything and any nurse that comes before you is obviously lying.

‘This is supposed to be a professional body, not a lodge.

‘Presently, NMC is being run as another sugarcane plantation and I don’t want to be a part.’

He said he had quit the profession because he had experienced racism and also requested to be voluntarily removed from the register.

The board found that Reverend Ayodele demonstrated ‘a lack of insight’ as he appeared to deny his misconduct that had already been proved at an earlier hearing, which the panel found ‘concerning’. He has consequently been struck off.

Addressing him, the hearing concluded: ‘The panel did not feel that your reflective piece showed complete insight into how your conduct impacted patients, colleagues and the nursing profession, but rather gave a summary of your grievances with the NMC process.’

It added: ‘Today’s panel has received no new information to suggest that Reverend Ayodele does not present a risk.

‘The tone and nature of the communications from him to his legal representatives (copied to the NMC for use in this hearing), and to the NMC itself, indicate his insight has diminished and led the panel to conclude the risk to the public has increased since the last review.

‘In light of this, this panel determined that Reverend Ayodele is liable to repeat matters of the kind found proved.

‘Ayodele’s recent responses may suggest deep-seated attitudinal problems and difficulty with compliance with conditions in the future.’

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