A Whanganui woman who practised midwifery without a current certificate and failed to appropriately handover clients has been suspended.
Cheryl Nancy Baker recently appeared before the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal on charges from 2010.
She was censured under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 and her registration was suspended for six months.
She was also found to have acted unprofessionally.
The tribunal decision released yesterday, said Baker showed insufficient engagement in midwifery process.
''Particularly in the period through to the end of March and into April , when Ms Baker was carrying out midwifery activities,'' the decision states.
''Ms Baker was well aware of the ramification of not holding an Annual Practising Certificate.
''She had shown she would not engage in processes put in place to address her deficiencies and lack of competency.
''Accordingly, anything short of removal from the register would not be sufficient.''
The tribunal also questioned the haphazard approach Baker took when handing clients to a registered midwife.
''Clients were exposed to serious risk, colleagues were exposed to risk and abuse, and significant discredit was brought to the midwifery profession.''
Representing herself, Baker told the tribunal anything she did beyond April 2010 was in her capacity as a Family Planning nurse.
There was no intention to mislead anyone.
However, she admitted her communication with colleagues and clients about her ceasing to practise was insufficient.
She has no intention to return to work as a midwife.
In its written decision, the tribunal allowed Baker to reapply for registration providing she was supervised for 18 months by a person approved by the Midwifery Council.
The tribunal also order Baker to pay more than $12,000 in expenses to the tribunal and the Professional Contact Committee.
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