A MALE nurse has been struck off the medical register after he was found guilty of having an inappropriate relationship with one of his mental health patients.
William Prior has been banned from practicing as a nurse for five years by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
Mr Prior allegedly met the woman, referred to only as Patient A, when he was working out-of-hours as a mental health practitioner.
He faced 18 charges, ranging from giving the patient a lift home in May 2009 to having sexual intercourse with her a few months later.
He was found guilty by the NMC on Wednesday, who found him guilty of all 18 charges and said he committed gross misconduct.
A spokesman from the Milton Keynes Community Health Service (MKCHS) said: “Our staff care for some of the most vulnerable people in our community and we expect them all to provide high quality professional care.
“We are extremely grateful to the service user who lodged a complaint with us back in 2009.
“Following the complaint, MKCHS carried out an investigation into the allegations and Mr Prior was subsequently dismissed from the organisation.
“Since then we have provided information to the NMC in support of their own investigation.
“As this case shows, MKCHS takes any complaints seriously and appropriate action is taken.
“Throughout the investigations we have worked closely with the service user involved in this case to ensure that support is available.
“We are extremely sorry for the distress that was caused as a result of the actions of this former employee.”