Nurse cautioned for making offensive comments about murdered Soham schoolgirls, disabled people and pregnant women
PUBLISHED: 12:22 17 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:22 17 November 2016
A nurse who said that flowers in Cambridge were "so nice" because murdered Soham girls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman were "rotting underground" there has received a five-year caution.
Ravi Dass admitted to making the offensive comments whilst being in charge of the Peterborough and Stamford Trust’s department for Sexual Health between 2012 and 2014.
When questioned by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) on November 4, Mr Dass admitted to making derogatory comments about the Soham school girls, paralympians and pregnant women, as well as a number of explicit sexual comments to colleagues.
The panel heard how when Mr Dass and a colleague were discussing a garden centre in Soham in September 2012, he asked “is that where those two little girls were murdered?”
He then said “that is why the flowers are growing so well in the area.”
In a previous conversation with another colleague, Mr Dass said that flowers in Cambridge were “so nice” because “the Soham girls were rotting underground.”
Shortly after the 2012 Paralympics, Mr Dass also said that all paralympians “should be culled,” and that if he was disabled he would want to be killed.
He said that most men start affairs “when their other halves are heavily pregnant,” and admitted to making inappropriate remarks to colleagues, such as offering a female worker a cucumber as she “didn’t have a husband at home.”
Mr Dass, who moved to Barts NHS Health Trust in 2015, said in a statement: “I accept that on several occasions I had made comments of a sexual nature to colleagues, and accepted that I have made comments which were unprofessional and discriminatory towards disabled people.
“I deeply regret making the offensive comments about breastfeeding, the murdered girls of Soham, infidelity etc. all of which were insensitive and I realised how upsetting and hurtful it would have been to my colleagues.”
Mr Dass’ conduct was investigated after a healthcare assistant (HCA) lodged a complaint in September 2013.