Paul Johnson, a senior midwife at Hull Women and Children’s Hospital before his suspension in October 2020, is now facing 29 misconduct charges
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A ‘bullying’ Hull midwife is facing 29 misconduct charges and is alleged to have taken pictures of two women having Caesarean sections without their permission.
Paul Johnson, was a senior midwife at Hull Women and Children’s Hospital before his suspension in October 2020.
Mr Johnson was one of only 50 male midwives across the country as of 2018 and estimated that he had helped deliver over 2000 babies when he last spoke to Hull Live.
Mr Johnson faces 29 charges in total in a Nursing and Midwifery Council misconduct hearing, which started on Monday and is expected to last four days, the BBC reports.
Mr Johnson had been employed by Hull University Hospitals Trust since 2002 having previously trained at the University of Hull.
He was a senior member of staff within the maternity ward with responsibility for managing and coordinating the labour ward before his 18 month suspension.
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During the hearing on Monday, chair Derek McFaul detailed the 29 charges against Mr Johnson including poor management and decision-making shown “by making excuses not to transfer patients to the labour ward”.
Mr Johnson is also alleged to have taken photos of two women during a Caesarean section in a Hull hospital without their permission.
The images are then alleged to have been sent to another colleague who Mr Johnson was in a relationship with at the time.
Mr Johnson is also alleged to have told a colleague she had a “gorgeous figure” and would bring “some glamour and youth to the team” in August 2019, barrister Raj Joshi said.
Mr Joshi said the resulting investigation found that Mr Johnson had also filmed a video of himself performing a sex act in a hospital toilet before sending it to a colleague he was in a relationship with.
Mr Joshi said: “It was said that he was in a gymnasium in Florida, work rotas show not only was he on duty but the background related closely to the hospital site.”
He was also accused of asking another co-worker what her favourite sexual position was.
Mr Joshi told the hearing Mr Johnson was jokingly referred to as the “Scarlet Pimpernel” due to his habit of disappearing while on shift without telling colleagues where he had gone.
It is alleged that during one such absence he told a co-worker that he was moving his car but then messaged the colleague he was having a relationship with to say he had gone to an adult shop.
Mr Joshi said: “He was in a senior managerial position, junior staff in particular found that it would be very difficult for them to challenge his behaviour and the comments he was making.
“He had a habit of confronting peers in an aggressive or bullying manner”.
Mr Johnson did not attend the hearing which will continue tomorrow with the first witness testimony.