Saturday 24 February 2018

Nurse struck off for 'dirty Jew' slur to patient

(Stock picture)
(Stock picture)

Tim Healy

A nurse who called a wheelchair-bound patient suffering from dementia "a dirty Jew", before slapping him on the arm, has had her registration cancelled.

Marilyn Rillera (57), who had been working in the Maynooth Community Care Unit in Kildare, before returning to her native Philippines, was bringing an 87-year-old patient to the toilet in December 2015 when the incident happened.

A fitness-to-practise inquiry held by the Nursing and Midwifery Board heard that the patient tried to hit Nurse Rillera but she held his arm and told him: "You can't hit a woman, what are you, you dirty Jew."

The inquiry heard that she denied saying "dirty Jew" and said she had told him he was dirty. However, a care assistant who was helping to bring him to the toilet said she was "100pc certain" that the nurse said "dirty Jew".

The inquiry found her guilty of professional misconduct and she was struck off.

Irish Independent

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