18 Month Suspension for ‘breast squeeze’ Nurse

A nurse who ‘squeezed’ the breasts of a patient and told her “Your breasts are not too big and not too small” and “Everything on your body is perfect” has been issued with an interim 18 month suspension order. 

Gbadebo Olasunkanmi Alabi was working as an A&E nurse in Bedford hospital when the incident took place. He was working a night shift and had been tasked with conducting an ECG on a patient. He did so without a chaperone. He was later proved to have told the patient “Your breasts are not too big and not too small” and “Everything on your body is perfect”. He also asked the patient her bra size and patted and/or squeezed her breasts.

The NMC fitness to practise committee decided that his actions brought the profession into disrepute. During the hearing Mr Alabi accepted that his comments would have caused, “fear”, “discomfort” and “harm” to his patient. James Edenborough, representing the NMC said the charges were “serious” and “clearly amounted to misconduct”.

Striking him off, the panel told Mr Alabi that his behaviour towards Patient A had been “deplorable” and “completely unacceptable”. Mr Alabi was issued an interim suspension order for 18 months and given 28 days to appeal the decision.