Manchester Uni lecturer lied about having ovarian cancer, MS and 'inoperable' brain cancer
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University lecturer and registered nurse, Deborah Ward, deceived bosses and colleagues for four years with false claims she was suffering from ‘inoperable’ brain cancer, ovarian cancer, and multiple sclerosis in an attempt to procure extensions for her PhD. Ms. Ward, who was previously employed by the University of Manchester as a lecturer in Infection Prevention and Control in the School of Nursing, was judged at a hearing before a disciplinary panel of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) on the 26th of March. The panel heard how Ms Ward lied repeatedly to bosses and colleagues about her health. She was found to have forged false medical documents and schemed to create a website for a fake GP practice to support the claims. The NMC concluded that Ms. Ward’s behaviour was an "elaborate and complex deception" and she had "failed to act as a role model to student nurses", ultimately ruling that she should be struck off the nursing register after an 18 month interim suspension. The panel stated: "This was not dishonesty undertaken on the spur of the moment...It was a course of conduct which she maintained over a long period and required elaborate preparation."
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