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Can we sack our practice nurse?

Our treatment nurse was handed a complaint (informal as patient didn't want to sign her statement - but we decided to deal with it formally) she handed in a sick note the next day for 4 weeks ‘work related', followed by a second one 'work related stress'. We sent her a letter to ask if she would be willing to see the occupational doctor.

Her husband said she was in Israel with a friend but would be back in a week. Can we sack her? She has already a formal verbal warning. It was my intention to give her a written warning for the complaint (subject to no reasonable explanation) and a second one for her disrespectful manner on receiving the complaint.

How do I proceed? You may have realised that I do not want this employee to return to our employment. I had considered informing the nursing and midwifery council of her conduct but was reluctant to do so.

Andrew Lockhart-Mirams, partner at Lockharts Solicitors Andrew Lockhart-Mirams

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