‘Moonlighting’ care worker called dementia patient a ‘coward’


A Scottish care assistant has been given a two-year warning on their registration after calling a dementia patient “a coward”.

Jane Mair, who was employed by HC-One as a care assistant at Mugdock House Care Home, was found to have verbally abused a resident while secretly working shifts as a carer at Edinbarnet Estates Limited in Clydebank.

A Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) hearing found evidence that Ms Mair had reported being sick and unable to attend work so she could work shifts at Edinbarnet Care Home between January and March 2019.

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The hearing also found evidence that Ms Mair had told Edinbarnet Care Home on or around October 2018 she would work as a bank employee for Mugdock Care Home if given a full time contract by Edinbarnet Care Home.

Ms Mair was also found to have told a resident “don’t be a coward” when they could not change position while in pain during a shift at Edinbarnet on or around 12 January 2020.

A spokesperson for Mugdock House said: “We expect all colleagues to uphold our values of kindness and integrity, and this individual’s behaviour fell far short of this. Whilst their most offensive actions took place at a different care home owned by a different provider, we nevertheless have a zero-tolerance approach towards individuals who are untruthful and engage in inappropriate behaviour, irrespective of where that takes place.

“We can therefore confirm that Ms Mair left our employment in February 2019. We welcome and support the actions of the SSSC in their important role upholding the high standards that everyone working in the care sector should maintain at all times.”

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Lee Peart

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