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ODP Struck Off Following Conviction for Unlawful Wounding

Operating department practitioner Huw Diamond has been struck off the HCPC Register following convictions for two counts of unlawful wounding, driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and failing without reasonable cause to surrender to custody, whilst employed by Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

 

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A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that on 16 and 17 July 2013 Mr Diamond was involved in two violent arguments where he stabbed his partner repeatedly with a broken glass in his back and head causing lacerations, punched his partner in the eye and attempted to strangle him. On his own guilty plea, he was convicted of two counts of unlawful wounding at Manchester Crown Court on 27 February 2014.

The panel further heard that on 29 July 2013 Mr Diamond was released on bail in relation to the driving offence on condition that he surrender on 6 September 2013. In breach of his bail condition, Mr Diamond failed to surrender to bail and was taken into custody.

Further to his convictions, Mr Diamond’s employer held a disciplinary hearing on 23 June 2014 which resulted in his employment being summarily terminated for gross misconduct.

Panel Chair Penny Griffith commented:

“The nature and seriousness of Mr Diamond’s convictions are such that he is not fit to be a member of the profession. Public confidence in both the profession and the regulator would be undermined if he were allowed to continue in practice as an operating department practitioner.”

The Panel decided the only appropriate and proportionate sanction was to strike the name of Huw Diamond from the register.

Huw Diamond was not present or represented at the hearing.

 

Source: HCPC

 

 

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