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Midwife threw chair at trainee

PUBLISHED: 16:34 04 December 2008 | UPDATED: 15:40 07 September 2010

A FURIOUS midwife who threw an office chair at a student at the Whittington Hospital has escaped with a caution. Colleagues looked on in horror as Agnes Atta-Peters screamed at trainee midwife Eunice Chiaha when she did not move out of the way during the

A FURIOUS midwife who threw an office chair at a student at the Whittington Hospital has escaped with a caution.

Colleagues looked on in horror as Agnes Atta-Peters screamed at trainee midwife Eunice Chiaha when she did not move out of the way during the incident on October 27, 2006.

Four day-duty midwives were in the Highgate Hill hospital's labour ward office at the time and preparing to leave when the midwife, 44, walked in.

Speaking in front of the Nursing and Midwifery Council last week, her colleague Nuala Hammond-Norris said: "She absolutely flipped and became aggressive. She was shouting and waving her arms around at me and then she moved towards me, close enough for me to think 'Oh wow, what have I done?'"

Atta-Peters then picked up a chair and threw it at Ms Chiaha.

"It was a heavy chair on wheels and it ended up upside down with the wheels spinning," added Ms Hammond-Norris. "Agnes then just walked out of the office and when I told the labour ward co-ordinator what had happened, I looked around and she was buttering toast quite calmly.

"It was the most shocking thing I've ever seen, that much aggression and anger in one person."

The council ruled on Friday (November 28) that Atta-Peters' fitness to practise was impaired and gave her a caution order for two years.

Panel chairman Franklyn Bower said: "We infer that Atta-Peters' behaviour could well have been out of character."

The midwife, from Luton, did not attend the hearing and has made no response to the charges against her.


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