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Nurse fails in legal bid over sack from home

By Alan Erwin

A senior nurse sacked for gross misconduct involving the treatment of a dementia patient and allegedly falsifying sick leave has failed in a legal challenge against her former employers.

Andrea Headley alleged unfair dismissal from her nursing home post on grounds of racial discrimination and victimisation.

But senior judges in Belfast upheld an industrial tribunal's decision to throw out her case after rejecting claims that the verdict was biased.

Ms Headley worked for the Four Seasons group for seven years before she lost her job in June 2012.

She was previously reinstated and issued with a final warning in October 2011 after an incident at the undisclosed home. Insulin was given to a dementia patient who was then hospitalised to check if he had received an overdose, the Court of Appeal heard.

With a junior nurse held to have administered the drug, Ms Headley was subjected to disciplinary proceedings for allegedly falsifying a document to cover deficiencies in her record keeping.

But her dismissal was confirmed for taking sick leave in March 2012 to allegedly work at another home.

In October last year an industrial tribunal unanimously rejected Ms Headley's claims against her former employer. The nurse then took her case to the Court of Appeal where it was rejected in a verdict published yesterday.

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