A mental health nurse has been removed from the profession after being sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for raping a patient with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression.
According to reports, Mohamed Kamara, 48, pulled the curtains around the woman’s bed at Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, on May 15, 2017. He then tried to force-feed her sleeping pills before sexually abusing her.
The Royal London Hospital is a large teaching hospital in Whitechapel, London. It is part of Barts Health NHS Trust.
Having satisfied himself, Kamara forced the patient/victim to have a shower and changed her bedsheets in a bid to get rid of any evidence.
Despite threats and efforts to stop the patient from reporting the matter to the police, she voiced out her ordeal to her daughter who then caused the arrest of Kamara leading to his subsequent conviction and sentencing at Snaresbrook Crown Court in July 2018. He was also ordered to sign on the sex offenders’ register for life.
Kamara had been assigned to the woman as one of a team of one-to-one mental health nurses providing 24-hour care because of the risk she posed. However, despite her mental condition, the nurse thought she looked too sexually attractive to be ignored.
While he is still serving his sentence, a Nursing and Midwifery Council panel on Wednesday, November 27 struck his name from the profession.
Explaining its decision, chairman of the panel, Paul Morris said: "Mr Kamara has been convicted of raping an extremely vulnerable patient in her hospital bed.
"The panel considered that not only was this a very serious criminal conviction but that it also constituted a gross breach of trust and an abuse of his position.
"It considered that, due to the very serious nature of Mr Kamara’s conviction and the surrounding circumstances, the only sanction which would adequately protect the public and satisfy the public interest is a striking-off order.
"The panel decided that to take any other action, in this case, would undermine public confidence in the profession and the NMC as a regulatory body, and leave the public exposed to a future risk of harm.
"The panel, therefore, decided that the appropriate and proportionate sanction is a striking-off order."
What it means is that, after serving the prison sentence, Kamara can never practice as a nurse.
As to whether the latest development does not amount to double jeopardy, it is yet to be determined.