A nurse who smacked the legs of a patient in intensive care and moved him roughly in his bed has been struck off.

Grzegorz Wawrzynczak was cautioned for assault on the man, who was on a ventilator, at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge in April 2018.

Another nurse, who witnessed the attack, said when she looked at the patient’s face he was “in agony”.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) said he showed a lack of remorse and imposed sanctions for public safety.

The patient, described as “highly vulnerable”, was in the neuro and major trauma intensive care unit on 22 April after suffering a head injury in a fall.

Twisted position

He could respond to questions by using head movements but verbal communication was limited due to the ventilator.


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