File Number: Nur19/456P
Practitioner: Ekaterina Anatolyevna Sinyukova
Hearing Start Date:
Hearing End Date:
Documents - dishonest use of/intent of obtaining pecuniary gain
Dishonest use of documents
Name Suppression to Practitioner
Order for interim name suppression of the practitioner and any identifying details.
Request for adjournment of hearing by practitioner is declined.
Precis of Decision:
On 21 November 2019, the Tribunal considered a charge of professional misconduct laid by a Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) against Ms Ekaterina Anatolyevna Sinyukova, formerly of Christchurch, registered nurse (the Nurse).
The charge alleged that the Nurse during the period of 20 June 2017 to 19 November 2017 while employed at Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB), misappropriated WDHB taxi vouchers for her own use and/or for the use of her family and/or friends when she knew or ought to have known that she was not authorised to do so.
The charge was made up of 14 particulars.
- Particulars 1 to 8 alleged misappropriation of taxi vouchers used by either herself or family and/or friends.
- Particulars 9 to 14 alleged misappropriation of taxi vouchers which were subsequently located in her Duly Authorised Officer’s bag and had not been used.
The Nurse did not attend the hearing. She did not at any stage during the WDHB’s investigation, the PCC’s investigation or for the purposes of the Tribunal’s hearing, give a written statement in relation to the charge.
The Tribunal found that particulars 1 to 8 were established and cumulatively amounted to malpractice and/or negligence and conduct bringing the nursing profession into disrepute.
The Tribunal found that there was no evidence of misappropriation of taxi vouchers as alleged in particulars 9 to 14. The Tribunal was not satisfied that the Nurses’ possession of additional and unused vouchers was misappropriation and particulars 9 to 14 were not established.
- suspended the Nurse’s registration for a period of six months from the date of decision;
- made an order of censure against the Nurse;
- placed a condition on the Nurse’s practice to be completed within six months of returning to practice;
- ordered that details of the decision be provided to prospective employers for a period of three years; and
- ordered the Nurse to pay 30% of the total costs of both the PCC and the Tribunal.
The Tribunal directed publication of its decision and a summary.