A district nurse wrote explicit fantasy stories ‘based on her job’ about having sex with a terminally ill patient before murdering them, a tribunal heard.
In one titled 'Angel with Black Wings', Kathleen Pugh describes a nurse seducing the patient before killing him with a lethal injection.
The 53-year-old Lancashire nurse promoted Aristocracy Or Not And Other Stories at her clinic and even sold them to patients and staff, a misconduct hearing was told.
|Kathleen Pugh is facing a misconduct hearing after publishing the novels in 2010.|
One patient who bought the book from Pugh said she was ‘disgusted’ by the story, which mirrored her work as a nurse.
Pugh is facing a misconduct hearing accused of being unfit to work after bosses after her bosses at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust read the book.
Pugh told a local newspaper she had based some of her story on her work, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.
‘There are points of the story which detail actions taken by a district nurse, having sex with a patient and also killing them’, said Paul Pretty, for the NMC.
‘The nature of those parts of the passages directly correlates to the role Ms Pugh was employed in.’
|Her collection of short stories was published in 2010 by Author House.|
|Bosses at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, where Pugh works, belive her fitness to work is impaired after reading the book.|
The book, published by Author House in 2010, includes the tale of Angela Diablo, a 'shapely' health visitor treating a dying patient for pain relief who fantasizes about having sex with her.
‘I was concerned by the content of the book, which appeared to be based on her work as a district nurse’, said team leader Susan Kearns, Pugh’s line manager.
‘There was a story about a dying patient in a dream-like fantasy world.
Kathleen Pugh denies all the charges against her but did not appear at the misconduct hearing
‘The nurse has sex with him before administering a lethal injection.’
Mrs Kearns said medication mentioned in the story is used by nurses like Pugh, and she was responsible for patients in the community in similar circumstances to the character in the book.
‘One patient who bought the book told me she didn’t like it and was disgusted by it’, Mrs Kearns said.
‘She told me she had bought the book from Kathleen.
‘I was quite shocked really, that she even knew about it, and I didn’t realise that Kathleen was discussing the book with patients.’
Pugh is accused of putting up posters in the clinic at Royal Oldham Hospital advertising her book, handing copies to patients and staff, and selling the book to at least one patient, the hearing was told.
Mrs Kearns said Pugh put up a poster in the clinic’s reception area which stayed up for around a month, and initially had a work contact number for anyone looking to buy a copy.
‘It wasn’t appropriate that people should be ringing up about something personal to the district nursing office’, she said.
‘She was obviously trying to sell it, but I felt it would make the district nurses look like they were promoting the book.’
Pugh denies all the charges against her, but did not to turn up to the hearing in central London.
‘Ms Pugh denies giving the book away or selling it to patients, and says it is a work of science fiction fantasy,’ said Mr Pretty.
‘She says she was asked to bring in copies of the stories.’
The book, which is still available online, is described as a ‘selection of stories that will spark the curiosity of many an avid reader’.
Pugh says the tales show a ‘world of romance, passion, empathy, and compassion’ from the 19th century to present day.
Pugh denies putting up posters at work and contests that her fitness to practice as a nurse is impaired.
The hearing continues. - MailOnline