Midwife Paul Johnson has been suspended and faces being struck off over allegations of “bullying, harassment and sexual behaviour” at Hull Women & Children’s Hospital
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A midwife who took photos of women having caesareans without their consent has been suspended and faces being struck off over allegations of “bullying, harassment and sexual behaviour” at work.
Paul Johnson was told he showed “little remorse” for his actions after trying to shift the blame during a three-week misconduct hearing, which came to close on Friday afternoon.
Several witnesses detailed his gross abuse of power of junior nurses and midwives while at Hull Women & Children’s Hospital, reports HullLive.
After initially making an order that he be struck off, the Nursing and Midwifery Council accepted a last minute application for this to be changed to an 18-month suspension to give Johnson time to appeal the decision.
Panel chair Derek McFaul delivered his decision, reasoning that the public “would find it difficult to place their trust” in someone who bullied staff, lied to cover up his wrongdoings and made sexually inappropriate comments.
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I have added that Johnson’s behavior constituted a breach of power and trust, as well as a lack of insight.
His failings were not a one-off, but a “pattern of serious misconduct over a period of seven years” in which he “failed to treat colleagues with dignity and respect.”
And “in all circumstances did not uphold the reputation of the profession.”
“We determined that Mr Johnson’s misconduct was extremely serious and involved bullying, harassment and sexual behaviour,” Mr McFaul said.
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Johnson told the misconduct hearing on Friday that he was “eternally sorry” for what he had done, and was on a “downward spiral” at the time he bullied junior staff and made vile, sexualized comments such as asking one colleague if her husband drank her breast milk.
It was also heard he had taken photos of two women undergoing Caesarean-sections without their consent and filmed himself performing a sexual act in the hospital toilets, which he tried to cover up by saying it was taken in a gym in Florida.
His address added that, while he “shouldered” responsibility for his behaviour, part of the scandal was down to “failings of management” who dismissed him instead of taking him “to one side”.
But panellists were quick to reject this, with Mr McFaul saying this showed “little remorse” and an “attempt to put responsibility in the hands of others”.
Barrister Raj Joshi, from the NMC, added that management could not have prevented Johnson “making a video of himself masturbating on the hospital premises.”
Johnson now has 28 days to appeal the decision, or the suspension order will revert to a permanent striking-off order.