Senior nurse who tormented mentally ill patients by goose-stepping and performing Nazi salutes faces being struck off

Senior nurse who tormented mentally ill patients by goose-stepping and performing Nazi salutes faces being struck offStephen Johnson, 54, was found guilty of eight allegations of misconductJohnson, from Colchester, Essex, reduced a patient who suffered from delusions that he was Adolf Hitler to tears

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22:34 GMT, 17 December 2012

Punishment: Nurse Stephen Johnson faces being struck off for his treatment of mentally ill patients

Punishment: Nurse Stephen Johnson faces being struck off for his treatment of mentally ill patients

A senior nurse who goose-stepped around a room of mentally ill patients while performing Nazi salutes faces being struck off.

Stephen Johnson reduced a patient who suffered from delusions that he was Adolf Hitler to tears.

The patient – identified as Patient C – had a strange obsession with Nazi Germany and suffered from hallucinations.

Male nurse Mr Johnson cruelly
encouraged him to live out his extraordinary fantasy by performing the
salutes made famous by the Nazi regime and calling out Heil Hitler, a
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) panel found.

Mr
Johnson, 54, who himself flies a St George’s flag from his home in
Essex, would also strut about the room with his finger held above his
lip like a moustache.

The
former deputy ward manager who had worked at Severalls House
Rehabilitation unit in Colchester, Essex, for more than two decades, was
yesterday found guilty of eight allegations of misconduct in 2008 and
2009.

Karen Russell, who still works at the
ward, told the initial hearing: ‘He would mimic the patient who had been
doing the Nazi salutes.

‘He would be marching up and down saluting and shouting.

She said he would raise his arm to a Nazi salute with a finger below her nose.

Guilt: A panel at the Nursing and Midwifery Council, pictured, found Stephen Johnson, 54, guilty of eight allegations of misconduct in 2008 and 2009

Guilt: A panel at the Nursing and Midwifery Council, pictured, found Stephen Johnson, 54, guilty of eight allegations of misconduct in 2008 and 2009

She added: ‘It would wind the patient up and he [patient C)]would cry. He [Johnson’ would do the baiting.’

Torment: Johnson reduced a patient who suffered from delusions that he was Adolf Hitler, pictured, to tears

Torment: Johnson reduced a patient who suffered from delusions that he was Adolf Hitler, pictured, to tears

Earlier,
Miss Russell told the hearing that the patient had a strange obsession
with Nazi Germany and would suffer hallucinations.

She added: ‘The patient would often speak in a German accent and go on about Nazi Germany. He’d say he was Adolf Hitler.’

Chris Renehan, the clinical manager at the time, told the panel Johnson would incite the patient to shout ‘Heil Hitler’.

Mr Renehan, who now works at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, added: ‘Mr Johnson was very black and white.

‘He either liked you or he didn’t – and that tended to be people that were ethnic minority or people not English.

‘He was very English. Very British.’

Mr Johnson’s cruel behaviour came to light when bosses at the North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust investigated a seven-month campaign of sexual harassment against a colleague, known only as Miss A.

He also performed the role of a German soldier in front of Miss A which she was said to find ‘particularly offensive as she is Polish, and associations with the Second World War have particularly offensive significance to her.’

Mr Johnson who lives in a quiet cul de sac in Great Horkesley, a commuter suburb of Colchester, also made racist comments to a Jewish nurse, greeting him with the names of Arab terrorist organisations, ‘Hello Hezbollah’ and Hamas, and once saying to him, ‘BNP Go home’.