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Shamed nurse working in Stafford

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: February 20, 2013

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A HEALTHCARE assistant who dragged a dementia patient halfnaked from a toilet at scandal-hit Stafford Hospital is now working at a convent nursing home in Stafford, it has emerged.


Bonka Kostova roughly pulled the 73- year-old patient into the ward with his trousers round his ankles before launching a tirade of abuse at him.

The Bulgarian carer yelled “I hate you’ at the helpless patient before branding him “an animal’ and telling startled colleagues she could not tolerate dementia sufferers.

Kostova was struck off from working as a registered midwife for misconduct after a string of charges against her were found proved.

But the Nursing and Midwifery Council had no power to ban her from taking another job as a healthcare assistant.

In an email to the professional regulator, Kostova wrote: “I don’t want to practise as a midwife, I am quite happy to work as a carer only.” Chair Timothy Cole said: ‘The panel was in no doubt that, on the facts found proved, Ms Kostova placed the patient at unwarranted risk of harm. She has brought the profession into disrepute and breached fundamental tenets of the profession.’ It was revealed that Kostova is now working St Joseph’s Convent Nursing Home, a private establishment which charges its elderly and disabled patients up to £676 a week. The 41-resident home is owned by the Congregation of Sisters of Saint Joseph of Cluny.

Kostova’s case is the first to be brought before an NMC misconduct panel since the publication of a damning report into standards at Stafford Hospital.

Mr Cole said a finding of misconduct was inevitable given Kostova shunned the NMC hearing and has offered no insight into her actions.

“The panel has no evidence of an explanation, remorse, a genuine apology, remediation or insight, or any assurance from Ms Kostova that such behaviour would not happen again,” he said.

“The panel considers she would be in the future liable to place patients in unwarranted risk of harm.’ Kostova was hired by the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust in April 2009 while she was waiting for her midwifery registration to take effect in the UK.

She was offered no training in handling aggressive dementia patients, and was allowed to continue working on the ward despite several incidents of abrupt behaviour towards patients and staff.

Workmates simply put her bad behaviour down to her poor grasp of the English language.

Mr Cole said: “Ms Kostova’s lack of insight into the misconduct is, in the panel’s view, indicative of a deepseated attitudinal problem.”

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  • StaffordSally  |  February 20 2013, 6:26PM

    The management at St Josephs should be ashamed of themselves. They are obviously only interested in their income of £32,000 per year per resident. They are not concerned about the welfare of their patients. I would welcome a response from the owners of the home, of St Sister Maeve Guigan & Sister Teresa Cunliffe.

  • MrsWesterfield  |  February 20 2013, 4:15PM

    Appalling. Why is she still allowed to work with vulnerable people, particularly the elderly?