Muckamore Nurse Suspensions Reversed by the Supreme Court

Muckamore Abbey Hospital

image Description

The Belfast Supreme Court found there was insufficient evidence of temporary suspensions

Seven of the nurses working at Muckamore Abbey Hospital suspended the temporary suspensions following a hearing in the Belfast Supreme Court.

The nurses were suspended following police investigation into suspected maltreatment of patients.

The court ruled on Friday that there is insufficient evidence to justify the suspensions of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

However, the nurses are temporarily suspended by the Belfast Trust.

In an updated statement to the BBC on Sunday evening, the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust said its decision will not affect its processes.

"We contacted families on weekends to discuss concerns," said the trust.

"We know that this is a difficult time."

"Deeply disturbing"

The Trust has been in contact with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and has arranged a procedure to provide the required additional information.

The BBC has asked the Council for an answer.

By December 2018, 19 health professionals, including a number of nurses, were suspended from work at Muckamore Abbey Hospital.

The BBC believes that the Trust has been unable to provide CCTV material from the hospital as a result of ongoing police investigations.

Due to insufficient evidence, the suspensions had to be lifted.

One of the parties informed the BBC that it was an extremely painful time and that the court's decision did not mean that the matter was completely settled for the parties involved.