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.
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.
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 email@example.com.