Midwife ‘slept on duty’ at Northampton General Hospital, tribunal alleges

Northampton General Hospital
Northampton General Hospital

An agency midwife is to face a tribunal following allegations that she slept on duty while working at Northampton General Hospital.

Margaret Munangatire, who was with the Pulse Agency, faces nine main allegations relating to her not carrying out her duties while at George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton, Warwickshire as well as at NGH.

The Northampton charges relate to three shifts in November 2012 and one shift in May 2013.

On November 15, it is alleged that she failed to respond to at least one call bell and a request to care for a woman patient while on night shift.

It is also alleged that she was also observed using her mobile phone and the internet while on duty and was even seemingly asleep at one point, the charges say.

A further allegation is that she left the shift without permission.

Five days later, it is alleged that she again failed to respond to a request to assist a patient, this time a woman needing breastfeeding support and was spotted reading a magazine on duty.

On November 29, the Nursing and Midwifery Council allege, Munangatire failed to complete or properly hand over several duties, including safeguarding paperwork, labelling of the baby and a blood clot assessment of the mum.

Munangatire also failed to inform the correct people of either the mum’s admission to the ward or the birth.

Finally, on May 24, 2013, the NMC alleges she left the ward “for significant lengths of time”, “self-administered [medication] while on duty” and worked “whilst under the influence of [medication]”.

A tribunal panel will decide if the allegations are true and, if so, whether any sanction is necessary in the next few weeks.