NURSE LIED TO FAMILY OVER PATIENT'S DEATH; Dying Man Not Checked for Five Hours, Hearing Told

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Byline: Neil Pooran

A NURSE failed to check on a dying patient for five hours and told the family he was alive after he had passed away, a medical hearing was told.

Darren Diplexcito admitted telling them by phone that the man was "unsettled" after he had died at an unnamed hospital's renal ward in the NHS Tayside area.

He also said that when the family arrived at the hospital, he said the patient died five minutes earlier.

Diplexcito, who admits a "huge error of judgment", now faces being struck off following the probe by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

He was accused of failing to check on the patient on May 5, 2011, between 1am and 6.10am, when he was found dead by another nurse.

Lizzy Acker, who was presenting the case, told him: "There are statements from colleagues which suggest that you did not attend to the patient during this time."

Diplexcito, who lost his job over the incident, denied the charge and claimed he did not tell the family of the death because he was trying to ease their suffering. …