Radiographer under influence of alcohol struck off

Published: 16 July 2018 Ezine

Kate E Gibson (RA72625) has been struck off the Health and Care Professions Council Register on the grounds of misconduct whilst registered as a radiographer and employed by Freeman Hospital, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

A panel of the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service heard that Miss Gibson’s failings included working while working under the influence of or smelling of alcohol, and of exposing patients to higher amounts of radiation than was required.

The Panel was told that Miss Gibson took an x-ray of Patient A's wrong hip, and of making numerous technical errors whilst x-raying Patient C.

The panel chair, Andrew Gell, commented, “Multiple acts of misconduct involved unwarranted risk of harm to patients by over-exposure to radiation. The panel determined that taking no action or issuing a caution would be wholly insufficient to achieve either the protection of the public or to promote and maintain confidence in the profession, or uphold and declare proper standards of conduct for the profession.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Kate E Gibson to be struck off the HCPC Register.

Miss Gibson was neither present nor represented at the hearing.

More details of the hearing.