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Bulgarian midwife faces 17 allegations of mistakes in NHS hospital after she was recruited to fill staff shortage
She intended to administer an injection to a baby with a syringe containing an air bubble, it's claimedRequested hearing be adjourned because she was 'tired from a night shift'
20:20 GMT, 26 November 2012
A Bulgarian midwife made a series of blunders after foreign staff were hired at a short staffed hospital, a hearing was told.
Margarita Avramova was one of four Bulgarian midwives recruited to fill positions at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, Surrey, in June 2009.
Within months, she was placed on a supervision programme because of concerns about her skills, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.
Margarita Avramova was one of four Bulgarian midwives recruited to fill positions at Royal Surrey County Hospital, pictured
Greg Unwin for the NMC said: ‘Concerns were raised in relation to gaps in the registrant’s knowledge, difficulties in relation to her communication skills, failing to react appropriately and her record keeping skills.
‘She was placed on a supervisory protectorship programme and an investigation was launched.’
Avramova faces 17 allegations relating to mistakes made on the programme.
One states she intended to administer an injection to a baby with a syringe containing an air bubble while under the supervision of a mentor on 27 November 2009.
She is also charged with failing to properly check a mother’s blood pressure, failing to take the proper steps to treat a new born with a slow heart rate, and pulling a baby’s head when not instructed to do so.
Avramova was eventually sacked in June 2010 after she failed to show the necessary improvement.
Mr Unwin added: ‘The NMC’s case is that the errors go beyond simple incompetence and are appropriately charged as misconduct.’
The Royal Surrey County Hospital where Avramova was employed
Avramova, who claims to still be
working as a full time midwife at a hospital she did not name in Oxted,
requested an adjournment to the hearing because she was tired from a
This was declined by the panel, who will proceed in her absence.
Avramova denies the majority of the charges, claiming she could not remember making the errors she is accused of.
admits failing to record the size of a baby’s head, claiming this was
‘just a small error’, and failing to check patients’ name bracelets.
Avramova further denies her fitness to practise is impaired, and the hearing continues.