A nurse who denies the existence of Covid-19 and discourages people from getting vaccinated has been struck off.

The Nursing Times reported that Kay Shemirani – more commonly known as Kate Shemirani – was found “no longer a safe or effective nurse” by a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) fitness to practise committee.

Ms Shemirani, who at the time of the hearing was an aesthetic nurse and independent prescriber in East Sussex, has become a prominent anti-vaccination campaigner and denier of Covid-19, and has spoken at protests.

Ms Shemirani had also made “derogatory” comments about other nursing and health professionals, describing nurses as being “complicit in genocide” and “criminals and liars”, and had suggested that nine out of every 10 nurses were “crap”.

It is reported that the NMC panel heard how Ms Shemirani had “actively discouraged people from wearing masks, adhering to social distancing, and taking vaccinations”.

While the conduct occurred outside of the nursing environment, the panel believed Ms Shemirani had used her professional status as a registered nurse to promote and support her views.

It determined that Ms Shemirani had placed members of the public at “serious risk of harm” and had brought the reputation of the nursing profession into disrepute.

Ms Shemirani has been placed under an interim suspension order but told Nursing Times that she did not plan to appeal and would continue to call herself a nurse, regardless.  She noted that it was “registered nurse” that was a protected title and not simply “nurse”.

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