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NZ: Nurse struck off for touching patients (Auckland)

Publish Date: 27 Oct 2011
Source: The Press
By: Wilma McCorkindale

STRUCK OFF: Dunedin nurse James Brent Henderson, pictured here in 2007, has been thrown out of the profession after he indecently assaulted three women. Photo / Fairfax NZ

A former Auckland medic has been thrown out of the medical profession after he indecently assaulted three female patients in the back of an ambulance.

A New Zealand Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal has ruled that James Brent Henderson is no longer fit to practice as a registered nurse.

In a written decision released today the tribunal cancelled Henderson's nurse registration and ordered him to pay $4230 in costs.

In the Auckland District Court in 2009, Henderson admitted indecently assaulting three female ambulance patients while working as an ambulance officer in the city in 1999.

He later worked as a nurse at Dunedin Hospital.

Two of the charges stemmed from Henderson touching the vaginas of two women - one of which was a 16-year-old crash victim - in separate incidents.

The third saw him touch the breasts of a jogger who had lost consciousness.

He was sentenced to nine months' intensive supervision and ordered to undergo psychological assessment and complete any counselling required.

Tribunal chair Bruce A Corkill QC concluded Henderson's conduct warranted disciplinary action.

"The conduct was totally unacceptable for any registered nurse."

The tribunal recommended the Nursing Council of New Zealand consider an application for re-registration in a year's time.

It also suggested a referral for Henderson to the council's health committee for "appropriate assessment".

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