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Midwife Censured For Practising Without Certificate

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Midwife Censured For Practising Without Certificate

Wellington, Sept 27 NZPA - A midwife has been censured and fined for professional misconduct for practising without a certificate.

Nicola Tolland, who trained as a midwife in Scotland, appeared this month before the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal to face charges of working without a practising certificate and acting unprofessionally between July 2008 and April 2009.

The tribunal was told that Ms Tolland was registered as a midwife in New Zealand in 2005 on a number of conditions from the Midwifery Council, including that further training be undertaken.

After failing to complete the training, Ms Tolland's interim practising certificate expired in July 2008.

The tribunal was told that Ms Tolland had failed to communicate appropriately with the Midwifery Council about what training she had done in New Zealand, and on several occasions lied about missed appointments with the council.

Despite being told she could not work without a certificate Ms Tolland continued to work -- practising at Waitakere Hospital for three separate periods up until April last year.

In a decision released today, the tribunal found Ms Tolland's actions amounted to professional misconduct.

"The fact that no harm appears to have arisen to any women as a result of this is something to be grateful for but does not remove Ms Tolland's culpability," the tribunal said.

In addition to being ordered to pay a $500 fine and about $4000 towards the prosecution's costs, Ms Tolland was ordered to practise under professional supervision for the next three years.

"[The tribunal] considers that this is a serious matter but that its seriousness lies more in the inadequacy of Ms Tolland's response than any significant fears about her clinical practice as a midwife or the health and safety of the public," the tribunal said.

"However, clearly for the maintenance of public standards, one cannot have a midwife practising without a practising certificate."


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