FINDINGS HANDED DOWN AGAINST NURSES OVER DEATH OF AHLIA RAFTERY

Two nurses have had their registrations revoked over the death of a Newcastle teenager, who took her own life in a mental health unit in 2015.

The Health Care Complaints Commission today handed down findings against four nurses, responsible for caring for Ahlia Raftery.

In response, Ahlia’s family issued the following statement.

“Kirstie, Adam and I are thankful that after just over 4 years since Ahlia passed, we can now put this chapter behind us, though we will forever grieve the loss of our precious Ahlia.

We are happy with the NCAT decisions which provides protection against the nurses who have had the registrations cancelled, and which otherwise condemns their conduct.

Together with the Coronial Inquest findings, much has been done to fix what was broken. Much more needs to be done though, and both nurses and the public knowing about what went wrong, will help stop it from happening again.

Our unreserved gratitude is offered to the Health Care Complaints Commission and the Tribunal for their work ethic and advocacy for Ahlia and all patients.”

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