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Nurse struck off for 'abusing' patient in Nottingham

A male nurse has been struck off after a hearing was told his relationship with a suicidal patient in Nottingham amounted to "sexual abuse".

Steven Morley-Ramage, 44, of Nottingham, was an A&E night co-ordinator at the Queen's Medical Centre when he befriended the woman in 2006.

He visited her home after she rang him threatening suicide, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) heard.

It found him guilty of having an inappropriate relationship.

NMC chairman Jim Spencer told the hearing Mr Morley-Ramage could have posed a danger to other women.

The hearing heard that his relationship with the woman, who was regularly admitted to the hospital for self-harming, took place between December 2006 and January 2007.

'Flirtatious text messages'

At the NMC hearing in London, Mr Spencer said: "The nurse's conduct involved the sexual abuse of a vulnerable patient over a significant period.

"This was a serious breach of trust and a serious departure from the NMC's professional code of conduct."

Claire Strickland, representing the NMC, said his actions were "pure and simple sexual abuse" of a "particularly vulnerable patient".

She said Mr Morley-Ramage had previously admitted he had "taken advantage" of the woman, who cannot be identified, during an internal disciplinary hearing.

The hearing heard he sent at least 10 flirtatious text messages and there was "sexual contact of various types" during several visits to her home.

Mr Morley-Ramage did not attend the hearing and he is not thought to have worked as nurse since the incident came to light.



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