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Court reverses judge’s decision regarding prison nurses

October 3, 2018

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware’s Supreme Court says two prison nurses should be disciplined for an incident in which an inmate was given expensive hepatitis pills that had been thrown into a medical waste box after being spilled on the floor.

The court on Tuesday reversed a judge’s ruling that overturned the state nursing board’s decision to discipline the nurses.

The judge had ruled that there was no evidence that the nurses, who were following the directives of pharmacists and a medical director, had engaged in harmful conduct.

That decision came after a different judge overturned a disciplinary ruling against a prison contractor’s former chief medical officer. The judge in that case questioned why the doctor should be held accountable for not overruling a pharmacist who authorized retrieving the pills, which cost $1,000 each.

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