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Nurse guilty of gross negligence
Eileen Murphy
Ms Murphy was just 'left and left' until she died, the court heard.
A nurse who did nothing to help a care home patient who suffered an epileptic fit lasting up to two and a half hours has been found guilty of manslaughter.

A court heard Harjinder Mangat, 58, of the Richard House Care Home in Walsall, failed to give Eileen Murphy, 36, her medication in March 2003.

She also failed to call an ambulance, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.

Another nurse, Bernadette Gerrard, 44, had previously admitted manslaughter. The pair will be sentenced later.

Gerrard, from Hednesford in Staffordshire and Mangat, from Sutton Coldfield, were told about Ms Murphy's fit but did not get help.

'Complex investigation'

The court heard that other carers told the pair: "She's going blue. Help her".

But, by mid-morning Ms Murphy had stopped breathing, having not regained consciousness since the start of the fit.

The prosecution said she was just "left and left" until she died.

They alleged Mangat, charged with manslaughter by gross negligence, failed in her duty of care and also as deputy matron over the way she supervised Gerrard.

West Midlands Police said it had been a complex investigation.



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