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Stephen Hawking's nurse suspended, accused of “serious” neglect of his care

A nurse who worked for Professor Stephen Hawking for 15 years has been suspended for allegations of "serious" maladministration in his care. The move was taken in a secret court where the researcher's closest family left a complaint that led to a long investigation by 61-year-old Patricia Dowdy, Mail on Sunday has learned. Details of the case and the type of disciplinary charges have been suppressed by the body that regulates nursing. ] The public and the media have been banned from the hearing because of the serious allegations made against her, which have never been heard by the public. Dowdy was interrupted by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) when the claims arose The "substantive" hearing is underway behind closed doors and the charges will probably never be disclosed to the public. The nurse from Ipswich, Suffolk stopped working for Hawking two years before declining to motor neuron disease in March last year at the age of 76. When Mail on Sunday asked the nurse about the claims, Dowdy said: "This is all very bad. Can I just say" no comment "right now? I'm not supposed to talk to anyone." [1 9659002] A source of knowledge about the case said the allegations against the nurse were "quite serious" but declined to discuss the matter further. A nurse who worked for Stephen Hawking for 15 years has been suspended over allegations of "serious" maladministration in his care. Photo / Getty Images In 2004, Hawk's second wife, Elaine Mason, was accused…

A nurse who worked for Professor Stephen Hawking for 15 years has been suspended for allegations of “serious” maladministration in his care.

The move was taken in a secret court where the researcher’s closest family left a complaint that led to a long investigation by 61-year-old Patricia Dowdy, Mail on Sunday has learned.

Details of the case and the type of disciplinary charges have been suppressed by the body that regulates nursing.

] The public and the media have been banned from the hearing because of the serious allegations made against her, which have never been heard by the public.

Dowdy was interrupted by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) when the claims arose

The “substantive” hearing is underway behind closed doors and the charges will probably never be disclosed to the public.

The nurse from Ipswich, Suffolk stopped working for Hawking two years before declining to motor neuron disease in March last year at the age of 76.

When Mail on Sunday asked the nurse about the claims, Dowdy said: “This is all very bad. Can I just say” no comment “right now? I’m not supposed to talk to anyone.” [1

9659002] A source of knowledge about the case said the allegations against the nurse were “quite serious” but declined to discuss the matter further.

A nurse who worked for Stephen Hawking for 15 years has been suspended over allegations of “serious” maladministration in his care. Photo / Getty Images

In 2004, Hawk’s second wife, Elaine Mason, was accused of abusing her husband by 10 nurses who cared about him.

It is not known whether Dowdy was among those who made statements to the police or if this case is linked to the ongoing hearing.

Hawking had been restricted to his wheelchair since he was 30 and was alerted by a rotation of private nurses and caregivers paid by Cambridge University, where he was a professor of mathematics.

Dowdy was often seen by his side.

Last night, a spokesman for the family’s help they did not want to comment on the NMC hearing but said: “The past year has been a very necessary time for us.”

NMC claimed that it was not intended to hold more hearings behind closed doors.

It said: “Hearings will usually take place publicly. In some cases, including this case, there are reasons why this is not due to the health of the persons concerned. We continue to give full reasons for the decisions we takes so there is transparency about what measures have been taken to protect the public and why. “

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