Nurse Is Guilty Of 'failings'


    Jun 3 2004

    By Nick Henegan

    A NURSE once suspected of killing 18 dying children was yesterday found guilty of separate professional failings.

    Four years ago police probed Elaine Chase, 52, over the alleged mercy killings but never brought criminal charges.

    However, in a separate case she was later suspended after giving a dying cancer patient aged 16 two morphine jabs.

    Ms Chase, of Benfleet, Essex, was also said to have failed to properly document treatment of a handicapped teenager. Both later died.

    The Nursing and Midwifery Council cleared her on both counts.

    But it found she broke rules by giving the cancer patient the first jab without asking a doctor. It also found she was uncooperative with colleagues.

    The incidents took place while she worked for a South Essex NHS Trust.

    The hearing ran out of time while considering whether they amounted to misconduct. It was adjourned to a later date.
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