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Nurse who showed colleagues video of dildo being removed from patient’s anus struck off

Sanjeev Varghese said ‘as nurses you should know these things’ as he gloated over the videos on his phone at the Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Varghese showed the clips for fun and enjoyed watching his colleagues squirm, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.

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‘That showing of the video had no clinical reason to be shown,’ said Salma Lalani, for the NMC. ‘He was getting kicks out of her reaction, he was enjoying saying what it was.’

Ms Lalani said colleagues were ‘horrified’ when giggling Varghese also showed them an indecent video involving a child and a lamb.

‘He shows it to healthcare professionals in a hospital environment,’ she said. ‘You may think that being horrified is a normal reaction to something of that nature. His reaction was to laugh.’

Varghese, who worked in the endoscopy unit said: ‘Look at this little boy’ before describing the clip involving the lamb.

One colleague ‘retched’ and ‘felt physically sick’ when Varghese showed her the video, the tribunal heard.

Colleague Felicity Birchall saw Mr Varghese showing the video on his phone as she walked past.

She was so ‘disturbed’ that she notified a senior member of staff, the tribunal heard.

‘These were images not shown once, but several times. They were shown because they made him laugh,’ Ms Lalani told the panel.

Varghese, who has over 20 years experience as a nurse claimed he had not shown the films and the witnesses made up the claims because they had a grudge against him or were ‘bullied into it’.

Neerja Sharma, defending, said that he clip involving the sex toy ‘was some kind of surgical procedure.’ Adding: ‘We submit that clip shows a surgical procedure and he was showing it to members of staff who would be familiar with removing items from bodily orifices.’

NMC panel chair Martin Parker said: ‘The contents of the videos were wholly inappropriate and indecent. One video was particularly indecent as it involved a child and an animal.

‘Your conduct was of the kind that other practitioners and the general public would consider deplorable; and that on your own evidence, the contents of the videos were inappropriate and indecent.’

Mr Parker said the video involving the child was indecent and may be considered pornographic. He added: ‘Despite the fact that, on your own evidence, your safeguarding and child protection training was up to date, you nevertheless showed colleagues an indecent video involving a two year old boy,’ he said.

‘You abused your position as a registered nurse and violated the trust that your colleagues ought to have been able to place in you.

‘Your misconduct, which included showing child pornography, was such a significant and fundamental departure from the standards expected of you as a registered nurse.

‘By showing indecent videos, with sexually explicit and graphic content, you acted in a way that could foreseeably have resulted in harm to others.’

Varghese denied the videos he showed colleagues were inappropriate but the NMC panel found the charges against him proved and his actions amounted to misconduct.

His fitness to practice was found to be currently impaired and he was struck off the nursing register.



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