A male nurse who told a woman she had a ‘lovely pair of t**s’ during a breast cancer check – and made sexual comments to four others – has been struck off.
Wayne Bronze made sexual remarks to five patients whilst employed as a practice nurse at The Island Surgery in Canvey Island, Essex between 2015 and 2017.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) published details yesterday of how Bronze was removed from the nursing register following a nine-day investigation into the incidents.
The woman, referred to as Patient E, alleged Bronze told her she had a ‘lovely pair of t**s’ and rubbed his hands together, saying ‘this is my lucky day’.
He was also alleged to have sent her inappropriate messages on Facebook in 2017, such as ‘allo sexy’ and asking her to be a character witness for his NMC hearing.
Wayne Bronze (pictured), who told a woman she had a ‘lovely pair of t**s’ during a breast cancer check, has been struck off after a nine-day investigation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Wayne Bronze made sexual remarks to five patients whilst employed as a practice nurse at The Island Surgery (pictured) in Canvey Island, Essex between 2015 and 2017
Bronze denied the allegations and brushed his actions off as ‘banter’ during the hearing.
But the panel found evidence for all but one of the allegations, which they concluded were so serious that nothing short of a striking-off order ‘would be sufficient in this case’.
The former nurse, from Southend-on-Sea, was also found to have slid his hand down one patient’s (Patient B) jeans to her underwear.
The same woman said Bronze walked up to her, looked down her top at her chest and said: ‘I suppose you know why I have come this way..’
She proceeded to confront Bronze saying: ‘Yes, because you are a dirty b****d looking at my t**s’, to which he replied: ‘It’s the perks of the job.’
While talking about smear tests, he then told the woman: ‘It is like the McDonald’s M, their legs represent the M when they are lying on the table. Then you go in, get what you want and get out.’
A 14-year-old girl (Patient C), who was accompanying Patient B, noticed Bronze staring at her chest. This was also observed by Patient B.
During an appointment with another woman, Bronze was found to have said ‘looking good for 50’ while making a thrusting gesture.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) published details yesterday of how Bronze was removed from the nursing register following a nine-day investigation into the incidents
While the patient had her top off and stickers were being placed on her chest for an ECG he made an inappropriate comment to the effect of ‘that’s enough excitement for one day’.
Bronze was found to have slapped a patient’s behind after a contraceptive injection, saying: ‘Back in the olden days they used to slap your bum to make it spread quicker’.
After hearing evidence the panel found proof for all the allegations apart from that he injected the contraceptive injection in a patient’s bottom when it was not clinically necessary to.
The NMC said said: ‘During an appointment with Patient A it was alleged that you made an inappropriate comment using words to the effect of ‘that’s enough excitement for one day’ suggesting that your blood pressure was raised when Patient A had her top off and was in her bra and you were placing stickers on her chest for an ECG.
‘It was also alleged that you made a thrusting gesture and said ‘looking good for nearly 50’ at the same time towards Patient A.
‘On 30 November 2016 during an appointment with Patient B you allegedly listened to her back with the stethoscope, then you slid your hand down her back, to her jeans and down to her underwear.
‘Patient B described an incident where she alleged you purposefully walked over to her, while she was in the waiting room at the surgery and looked down her top at her chest and said ‘I suppose you know why I have come this way’.
‘Patient B replied to you by saying ‘yes, because you are a dirty b*****d looking at my t**s’. You allegedly responded with ‘it’s the perks of the job’.
‘Patient B alleged that during an appointment that she attended, accompanied by Patient C, you made inappropriate comments about smear tests.
‘When Patient B said she was due her smear test, your reaction was to rub your hands together and say that you could do it.
The NMC concluded: ‘Your actions were significant departures from the standards expected of a registered nurse, and are fundamentally incompatible with you remaining on the register’
‘During the same appointment, it is alleged that you described how smear tests are done by saying ‘it is like the McDonalds’ M, their legs represent the M when they are lying on the table. Then you go in, get what you want and get out’.
‘Patient B alleged that you made inappropriate comments towards her and looked at her inappropriately during many of her appointments.
‘Patient C had accompanied Patient B to an appointment: at the time Patient C would have been 14 years old. Patient C said that she noticed you were allegedly staring at her chest. This was noticed by Patient B.’
The panel continued: ‘On 26 January 2016 Patient D alleged that during an appointment to administer the contraceptive injection you slapped her ‘bum’ and said ‘back in the olden days they used to slap your bum to make it spread quicker’.
‘Patient E alleged that during the course of discussing breast cancer checks you rubbed your hands together saying ‘this is my lucky day’ and also commented that she has ‘a lovely pair of t**s’.
‘On 15 September 2017 you are alleged to have sent Patient E inappropriate Facebook messages saying ‘allo sexy’ and asked her if she would be a character witness for your NMC hearing.
‘You deny all of the allegations.’
On making their decision to remove Bronze from the nursing register, the panel concluded: ‘Your actions were significant departures from the standards expected of a registered nurse, and are fundamentally incompatible with you remaining on the register.
‘The panel was of the view that the findings in this particular case demonstrate that your actions were serious and to allow you to continue practising would undermine public confidence in the profession and in the NMC as a regulatory body.
‘Balancing all of these factors and after taking into account all the evidence before it during this case, the panel determined that the appropriate and proportionate sanction is that of a striking-off order.
‘Having regard to the effect of your actions in bringing the profession into disrepute by adversely affecting the public’s view of how a registered nurse should conduct themself, the panel has concluded that nothing short of this would be sufficient in this case.’
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