A MIDWIFE who told a colleague at Stafford Hospital to “watch her back” after being accused of snatching her purse has been struck off.
Teresa Harris sent a scathing text message to Sally Freeman calling her a “two- faced b***ch” when they were working as midwives at the Hospital.
Ms Freeman’s purse had gone missing from work and she believed her “good friend” Harris had stolen it.
Harris sent the threatening text on April 18 last year and also visited her home, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard at a fitness to pracise hearing.
“I provided information to solicitors from the NMC in relation to a previous referral, that the registrant may have taken my purse,” Ms Freeman told the hearing.
“I can’t say with any degree of certainty who took my purse but someone did.
Three months later Teresa sent me a threatening and abusive text.
“It was unnecessary, threatening, and abusive - she texted me: ‘Too-faced b***ch . . .watch your back’.
“I was shocked to receive this text as I considered us to be good friends."
Harris was under NMC investigation at the time after being caught with 32 co- codamol tablets in her uniform pocket between August and October 2010.
The powerful painkillers were prescription only yet Harris was giving them out to new mothers on the maternity ward, the tribunal heard.
“When asked about it, she stated that they were ‘work tablets’ which she carried to give to patients,” Krystle Fonyonga, for the NMC, said. ”
Harris denied inappropriately retaining prescription medication meant for patients and that her conduct was dishonest.
But she admitted sending Ms Freeman the abusive and threatening text message to her on April 18, 2012.
NMC panel chairman Michael Cann said Mrs Harris had not demonstrated any remorse”.
He reflected that there was “evidence of a deep attitudinal problem”.
He said: "She has denied and continues to deny the more serious charges against her.
"There is evidence of a deep attitudinal problem. The panel has concluded that there are no exceptional circumstances in this case which would justify taking no action.
“This is not a case at the lower end of the spectrum of fitness to practise," said Mr Cann. “She has not made full and frank admissions. There has been no explanation of remorse or any acknowledgment of the significant impact of her conduct on the profession.”