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Former care home worker who told colleague to punch resident struck off

Henderson House

A former care home worker has been struck off for verbally abusing elderly residents.

Fernan Murdoch was removed from the register for several incidents that took place during her employment at Henderson House, when it was formerly operated under Four Seasons in Dunfermline in 2018 and 2019.

On one occasion, the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) heard that Ms Murdoch told a colleague to “just punch him” to make a resident sit down after they stood up when they needed to go to the toilet.

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The panel also heard of several occasions when Ms Murdoch had used abusive language to residents, calling one a “smelly fat bitch” and “Shrek”.

In another incident, Ms Murdoch distressed another resident by shaking their chair.

The SSSC said: “The panel had no difficulty in concluding that your actions fall far short of what is expected of a social services worker.

“The panel considered that the behaviours you engaged in were not isolated incidents and represent a pattern of emotionally abusive behaviour towards residents and an abuse of trust.”

A Four Seasons spokesperson said: “We are aware of the proceedings involving a former employee of Henderson House, which is no longer operated by Four Seasons Health Care Group. At the time of the allegations, we suspended the employee while an investigation was carried out, after which her employment ended.

“The matter was reported to the Scottish Social Services Council, which we have provided with our full support throughout this process. The care and wellbeing of our residents remains our first priority and we will always act to uphold our high standards of care.”

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