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Nurse at Park Royal Mental Health Centre with history of drink driving convictions is struck off

Michael Panford, who worked at Park Royal Mental Health Centre, failed to tell his employers about his drink drive convictions, a panel heard

A west London nurse has been kicked out of the profession for failing to tell his employers about his drink driving convictions.

Michael Panford, who worked at Park Royal Mental Health Centre in Brent, was convicted in August 2014 of failing to provide a specimen for analysis. He was found intoxicated behind the wheel of a parked car but refused to give a breath sample to the police.

Panford had previously been convicted of drink driving on August 3 2006, October 27 2007 and 29 May 2009. In December 2011 he was issued with a five year caution order for failing to inform the Nursing and Midwifery Council or his employers of those convictions.

After hearing details of his latest appearance before the courts and his failure to inform the nursing regulator yet again, an NMC panel decided to erase his name from the register.

Caroline Healy, chairing the panel, said: “Due to the repetitious nature of Mr Panford’s drink-driving convictions, the panel concluded that he has deliberately continued to act in a way that could realistically result in serious harm to others by driving, or being in control of a vehicle, whilst under the influence of alcohol.

“Although this conviction did not occur whilst Mr Panford was on duty, it did not lessen the seriousness of his actions because, as a registered nurse, he is expected to act within the law at all times.”

She said Panford’s actions were further exacerbated by his “dishonesty in deliberately failing to inform the NMC of his conviction” - this was despite his prior experience of NMC proceedings, so he would have been fully aware of his responsibilities, Ms Healy said.

She added: “He demonstrated a continuing lack of insight and reluctance to take personal responsibility or to recognise how his behaviour in his personal life impacts upon the nursing profession as a whole.”

The hearing was told Panford had been was convicted of failing to provide a specimen at Staines Magistrates Court on August 6 2014.

He claimed he was not drink driving at the time of the incident but that his car had broken down in the middle of nowhere after midnight and he was waiting for assistance, sitting in the driver’s seat.

Panford, who was not present at the hearing, admitted his conviction, failing to inform the NMC and that his actions were dishonest.

He will be informed of the decision in writing.

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