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Nurse accused of abusing old folk

PUBLISHED: 19:00 21 September 2002 | UPDATED: 12:42 03 March 2010

NURSE Judith Marion has been accused today of physically and verbally abusing elderly patients while working in a Suffolk nursing home.

Mrs Marion, 60, of Onehouse, Stowmarket is due to face the Professional Conduct Committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Council on Tuesday in relation to four charges made against her.

NURSE Judith Marion has been accused today of physically and verbally abusing elderly patients while working in a Suffolk nursing home.

Mrs Marion, 60, of Onehouse, Stowmarket is due to face the Professional Conduct Committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Council on Tuesday in relation to four charges made against her.

A registered general nurse, Mrs Marion was working at the Wellington House Nursing Home in Stowmarket when the alleged incidents took place between March and April 2000.

It is claimed that Mrs Marion, from Lower Road, roughly handled and spoke harshly to patients as well as talking inappropriately to other staff about residents at the home.

She was immediately suspended from the nursing home following the complaints. No police action was taken.

A number of staff are due to travel to London to give evidence at the hearing on Tuesday and Wednesday.

She had worked at the home for around four years before being suspended.

Mike O'Neill is part of the management team at the nursing home.

He said Mrs Marion had been employed at the home before he and his wife took over new management to bring the home up to standard. The home is privately owned by a Suffolk family.

Mr O'Neill said: "They are shocked and horrified at what has been going on."

Although Mr O'Neill did not want to comment before the hearing, he confirmed that Mrs Marion had been suspended following the allegations and has not worked at the home for two years.

A spokeswoman from the Nursing and Midwifery Council said that accused workers are not automatically suspended or sacked from their posts and can carry on working during the time before their hearing.

She said: "The hearing may result in a caution or removal from the register, but it is not to say that all the charges may be proven.

"Sometimes when all the evidence is given they are only found guilty of certain charges."

Mrs Marion declined to comment about the case when The Evening Star contacted her.

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