An NHS nurse has been struck off after he helped facilitate an illegal abortion by supplying tablets to a man who “force-fed” them to his pregnant partner.
Robin Christy was jailed for three years in December 2019 for conspiring to administer poison and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has now struck him off.
Christy, 30, was working as an independent nurse prescriber at Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust at the time of the incident.
He supplied a university friend, Kasam Rahman, with misoprostol tablets, who then passed them on to father-to-be Isaac Lyndsay.
The NMC panel outlined how Lyndsay “force fed” the tablets to his partner between 24 March and 20 April 2018.
In Christy’s hearing, the panel stated that the woman’s pregnancy was terminated “against her will”, and was born prematurely – but after the legal cut-off point for abortions in England.
The panel said: “The child was born at 26 weeks gestation on 25 April 2018 and was, at that stage, reported as being critically ill.”
Christy was linked to the crime via telephone communication and was suspected of supplying the medication.
The panel was told: “[Christy]’s conduct in advising a third party how to give a woman a noxious substance that would induce an abortion or miscarriage contributed to a member of public and her unborn child experiencing significant harm.
“[Christy] contributed to bringing about this harm by using his professional knowledge to advise a third party on how to bring about a miscarriage or abortion and how to exacerbate the effects of the substance administered.
“There can be no doubt of the risk of harm, and indeed the harm caused, by [Christy].
“[His] offending conduct has brought the nursing profession into disrepute.”
Despite the evidence against him, Christy denied all involvement during his trial.
Having been satisfied that Christy was guilty of the crime, the panel concluded that his fitness to practice was “impaired by reason of his conviction”.
They stated that he had “brought the nursing profession into disrepute”, adding: “Such conduct clearly flies in the face of the public’s expectations that nurses will preserve safety, treat people with dignity and act with integrity at all times.
“The damage to the reputation of the nursing profession caused by the registrant’s conduct cannot be understated.”
The panel concluded: “There can be no doubt of the risk of harm, and indeed the harm caused, by [Christy]…
“Nurses are expected to act with integrity and trustworthiness at all times…
[Christy]’s conduct in conspiring to bring about an abortion/miscarriage completely contradicts those fundamental tenets of nursing.”
Lyndsay was jailed at the time for seven years, and Rahman was also sentenced to three years in prison for assisting with the abortion attempt.
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