Stephen Hawking's ex-nurse barred from practicing for 'not providing appropriate care'

James Marshall
March 12, 2019

The nursing register took the action against Patrica Dowdy after the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) found that she "failed to provide the standards of good, professional care that we expect and Professor deserved".

Mrs Dowdy worked for Professor Hawking between 1999 and 2004 and again from July 2013 until being handed an interim suspension in March 2016.

Professor Hawking, one of the world's finest scientific minds, died previous year at the age of 76.

Britain's Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) made the ruling at a hearing where Patricia Dowdy, 61, faces multiple misconduct charges over her care of the professor - who died past year - including financial misconduct, not providing appropriate care and not having the correct qualifications.

Queen Elizabeth II meets Professor Stephen Hawking (R) during a reception for Leonard Cheshire Disability in the State Rooms, St James's Palace on May 29, 2014 in London.

Mrs Dowdy told The Mail on Sunday she was upset and did not want to comment.

Mr McClelland said the NMC was grateful to the Hawking family for sharing their concerns with the regulatory body.

'My thoughts are with the family at this hard time'.

Despite his illness, Hawking became one of the world's best-known and most inspiring scientists, known for his brilliance and his wit.

In a statement, a Hawking family spokesperson said they had "complete confidence" in the NMC's investigation.

Responding to the decision, a spokesman for the family said: "The Hawking family are relieved this traumatic ordeal has now concluded and that as a result of the verdict, others will not have to go through what they suffered from this individual". He was also director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge. The tribunal was held in secret to respect the needs of the individuals involved rather than serve the public interest.

"It is a great privilege to be featured on a coin and I hope my father would be pleased to be alongside Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin as scientists who have made it onto money!" said Lucy Hawking, his daughter.

Andrea Sutcliffe, NMC chief executive, said on Monday that hearings are sometimes held in private to keep information confidential.

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