NHS: Midwife sacked for claiming terrorists could poison baby milk

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Desk report: A midwife who told a patient that terrorists could contaminate milk formula to “kill the babies” has been struck off.

Anna Semenenko made the remark when trying to persuade a patient to breastfeed.

She was banned from the profession earlier this month.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) found Mrs Semenenko’s comments were “false and misleading”, unprofessional and inappropriate.

It said she had failed to treat her patient with dignity and respect.

A panel in Cardiff heard Mrs Semenenko, who worked at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport and Neville Hall Hospital in Abergavenny, told another patient: “I am Anya, I am Russian. If you don’t like that I can get another midwife.”

She was said to have left another patient embarrassed by commenting on her “pretty” private parts, which she took a photo of without clinical reason or consent.

The hearing was also told that during an intimate examination she speculated to a patient she was tense because of the size of her husband’s genitalia.

The panel heard she also pressured the partner and mother of a patient to watch her give birth, despite this being against the mother’s wishes.

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