Mr Michael Scott Vincent – deregistered for two years by NSW Nursing and Midwifery Tribunal

15 May 2012

The Health Care Complaints Commission recently prosecuted Mr Michael Scott Vincent, a registered nurse, before the Nursing and Midwifery Tribunal of NSW. The prosecution related to Mr Vincent’s criminal convictions for disseminating and possessing child pornography.

The Commission argued that Mr Vincent was not a suitable person to hold registration as a nurse.

Mr Vincent’s registration had been subject to conditions imposed by the NSW Nursing and Midwifery Council since 2 September 2010. He has not worked as a nurse since this time.

In its decision of 3 May 2012 the Tribunal found all of the Commission’s complaints proven and that Mr Vincent is currently unfit to practice as as nurse.  The Tribunal ordered that Mr Vincent’s registration be cancelled and he is not entitled to apply for re-registration for a period of two years.

The Tribunal noted that

Mr Vincent has not developed any insight into the nature and effect of his offences as he refuses to address the issues of explaining what he had done and why. 

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His lack of actual remorse for his actions, his belief that he is not a threat in any way to society or to any person as a result of what he has done ...  make it inappropriate for him to be considered for re-entry in to the nursing profession until there is proof that he has gained the necessary insight into and appreciation of the nature and effect of his criminal actions.

 

Further Information


The full decision is available at AUSTLII.

For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission on 9219 7444 or send an email to media@hccc.nsw.gov.au.