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Nurse Struck Off for Poor Level of English

Published on: 9 Apr, 2022
Updated on: 9 Apr, 2022

By Julie Armstrong

local democracy reporter

A Spanish nurse who worked in Surrey has been struck off the nursing register because his knowledge of English isn’t good enough, a report said.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) report said a panel found Airam Morales Cruz’s “lack of English” meant he was “unable to provide safe care to patients”.

According to the report, no clinical concerns were raised but the panel found Mr Cruz’s fitness to practise remains impaired.

He lived in the UK for two years but is now back in Spain.

Mr Morales Cruz chose not to attend the fitness to practise committee hearing last month.

The report said: “That you, a registered nurse: Do not have the necessary knowledge of the English language to practise safely and effectively;

And in light of the above, your fitness to practise is impaired by reason of your lack of knowledge of English’.”

The panel decided on a striking-off order due to his “insufficient engagement and non-compliance with the previous panel recommendations”.

NMC case presenter Yvonne Ferns said he was subject to a Conditions of Practice Order for three years and had made little attempt to fulfil the conditions.

She said there was no evidence to suggest he had taken any steps to show improvement in his knowledge and understanding of the English language or sought to take the International English Language Test System (ILETS) at level 7, or any equivalent test.

He wrote to the panel: “I don’t see myself with the skills and intelligence required by the IELTS.”

The location of where the nurse worked in Surrey is unclear.

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test 2 Responses to Nurse Struck Off for Poor Level of English

  1. Jeremy Holt Reply

    April 9, 2022 at 5:41 pm

    The extract from the article below is a gibberish circularity.

    I would hope the NMC panel members are deported somewhere since their English is incomprehensible.

    The report said: “That you, a registered nurse: Do not have the necessary knowledge of the English language to practise safely and effectively;

    And in light of the above, your fitness to practise is impaired by reason of your lack of knowledge of English’.”

  2. M Durant Reply

    April 11, 2022 at 12:07 am

    Why did they employ him in the first place? They should have known his knowledge of English when they interviewed him for the job. Did he have to pay to improve his English, maybe his pay package wasn’t covering him for the extra lessons?

    I think he is better off in Spain, there is an anti-European climate here (not in Guildford but in some other areas). With everything going up – rent, food, energy bills – with trucks stuck at Dover due to Brexit, and poorly stressful paid jobs, I really don’t see why Europeans would want to come here to live or work anymore.

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