Ian Stevenson, a former DUP turned Independent Councillor, has been struck off the Nursing & Midwifery council (NMC) following a recent hearing which had been held in private.
Mr Stevenson’s representative from the outset asked that the hearing be held in private to ‘protect Mr Stevenson’s personal safety. The committee agreed to this but did state that the outcome would be made public stating:
“The panel took the view that, in these circumstances, it would be appropriate to hold the hearing in private.“The facts which led to your conviction are already in the public domain and the outcome of this hearing will still be published on the NMC’s website.”
It’s not clear the details of the safety issued faced by Ian Stevenson due to the document being redacted.
The NMC fitness to practice committee, which met on January 23rd, decided that Mr Stevenson ‘fitness to practice was impaired’ due to his previous conviction and they imposed a ‘striking off order’. The committee also recorded an interim suspension period of 18 months.
The former Councillor was convicted on December 20th 2018 for sexual assault, also losing an appeal against last year against his sentence.