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Nurse posing "significant risk to patients" struck off.

A nurse who left a syringe full of drugs on a patient's bed and gave another patient the wrong medicine has been struck off.

The nurse, Ide Warren, worked for Mid Essex Hospital Trust as a staff nurse in 2011 and 2012 when she was suspended from practise after admitting eight charges.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has now removed her name from its register after finding she would pose "a significant risk to patients.”

The Nursing and Midwifery Council heard that Ms Warren, who now lives in Northern Ireland, wanted to come off the register "voluntarily" and said that, because of her current state of health, "it is highly unlikely she will be able to address the issues with her practice.”

Ms Warren worked first as a healthcare assistant and then as a staff nurse at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, between March 2011 and February 2012.

The panel was told how she left a syringe of morphine on a patient's bed before signing to say the drug had been administered and also gave antibiotics to a man which were intended for a female patient.

Other charges she admitted included trying to give insulin to someone who was already being given the hormone and leaving a patient on a bedpan in a wet bed for 20 minutes.

The hospital previously said Ms Warren ceased working at the Chelmsford-based Broomfield Hospital in February 2012 and, until then, was "continually supervised" once concerns had been raised.