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Vanessa Gent suspended after son-in-law banned from care home

A care home manager has been suspended from nursing for 12 months after she was found guilty of banning a man from visiting his dying mother-in-law.

Vanessa Gent, 66, faced allegations relating to Elisabeth Peacock, 85, who lived at Southwell Court Care Home, Nottinghamshire.

She was found guilty of four counts before a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) panel in December.

Mrs Peacock's son-in-law said Ms Gent never gave a reason for his ban.

The tribunal, held at the Old Bailey in December, heard about tensions between Ms Gent and the family of Mrs Peacock, who had severe dementia.

Andrew Hart, 58, from Harrogate, was banned from visiting Mrs Peacock in May 2011. She died four weeks later.
'Unblemished career'

He said: "I saw Elisabeth as my mother... there was nothing I wouldn't have done for her.

"Vanessa Gent prevented me from spending the last four weeks of [Elisabeth's] life with her.

"I asked for a reason but she said she was not prepared to give an answer."

The panel, chaired by Alan Harris, concluded that a suspension order for a period of 12 months was "proportionate" and would mark the seriousness of the case.

Mr Harris said the panel gave consideration to making a striking off order but balanced it against Ms Gent's "lengthy and otherwise unblemished career".

During the hearing, Ms Gent admitted instructing a care assistant not to talk to Mr Hart and his sister-in-law Diane Allen, when they came to collect Mrs Peacock's belongings following her death.

She also admitted to failing to respond to emails of complaint and concern from the family.

A charge of writing a note saying "stop being so dramatic, everybody's mother dies" was dropped by the tribunal.