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Nurse allowed to work after suicide bomb threat

Published: 26 Jun 2012 11:06 GMT+02:00
Updated: 26 Jun 2012 11:06 GMT+02:00

A male nurse who threatened police with a homemade bomb strapped to his body in Gothenburg three years ago has been given permission to continue working as a nurse.

The nurse, a 63-year-old man, threatened to blow himself up in late October, 2009, on a tram in Gothenburg, western Sweden.

The police managed to wrestle the man to the ground, without the bomb being detonated.

The man later told courts that he had hoped to take his own life in the blast, or that police would have shot him dead when he threatened them with the bomb.

He was subseqently sentenced to probation and psychiatric care for unlawful threats and weapon offenses.

The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) since reported the nurse, claiming that he was unfit to work in the profession and that his “grossly inept” actions were likely to “affect confidence in him”.

However, the Medical Responsibility Board (Hälso- och sjukvårdens ansvarsnämnd - HSAN) dismissed the report this week, and has given the green light for the man to work again in his field.

“He suffered from a serious mental disorder the he no longer suffers from, and he has been well after the treatment,” said Aud Sjökvist, head of HSAN, to the Expressen newspaper.

When asked if people may be uncomfortable being treated by a nurse with such a past, Sjökvist was quick to point out that the man no longer suffers from his mental disorder.

“One must understand that he did this when he was sick. When he’s not suffering from the sickness, he has no problems,” Sjökvist told the paper.

Expressen wrote that the man, who was educated in Norway, plans to continue working abroad.

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11:37 June 26, 2012 by Abe L
Why is this person not locked up in Guantanamo on terrorist charges? This country is getting more retarded by the minute. People who strap bombs to themselves should not walking around in public and definitely not work in healthcare.
11:42 June 26, 2012 by TG22
un-freaky-believable
11:47 June 26, 2012 by just a question
A lot of stress in Swedish hospitals I guess...
12:49 June 26, 2012 by Pojken
#1, probably because Guantanamo Bay is a US interrogation camp and not a Swedish one.
13:22 June 26, 2012 by sometimesinsweden
"When he's not suffering from the sickness, he has no problems," Sjökvist told the paper."

Ah that's ok then, everyone relax now.
13:26 June 26, 2012 by Svensksmith
He's a blast at parties.
13:58 June 26, 2012 by Scepticion
The Medical Responsibility Board should be examined by psychiatrists, they seem to have some mental problems.
15:14 June 26, 2012 by Borilla
The Medical Responsibility Board is irresponsible.
15:18 June 26, 2012 by John.Smith
He could join the Penis-Doctor's new clinic in Malmö. They would make a great pair.
15:37 June 26, 2012 by libertarianism
If a state agency said that he was disturbed, then the state might have had to pay for some kind of disability, further rehab, unemployment, or retraining. If the state says he's a-ok to go, then the state can make money off of him...
16:11 June 26, 2012 by Dave N
"He suffered from a serious mental disorder that he no longer suffers from... One must understand that he did this when he was sick. When he's not suffering from the sickness, he has no problems,"

I have a strange premonition that some idiot will say exactly the same about a certain Mr Breivik in a few years time.
20:18 June 26, 2012 by sherkovic
Someone is really getting famous and that is Medical Responsibility Board. Its starting to sound more like Swedish Medical Irresponsibility Board.
01:22 June 27, 2012 by Trenatos
#1 Because Sweden is not a US state.

This person obviously had issues, and I think he should have been locked away.

However, we have a legal system and if he's served his sentence for his crimes, there's no difference between that, and any other criminal.
02:59 June 27, 2012 by Grokh
what the ....fan... /facepalm.
06:16 June 27, 2012 by TheWatchman
Why are you guys complaining? He's obviously cured so there's no chance he could he could do this again. Yay for being nice to people who might blow people up!
08:16 June 27, 2012 by BackpackerKev
If only the swedes got to Osama bin laden first or saddam hussein, they would spend 2 years in a psychiatric institute then given a 5 bedroom mansion and be recommended a nobel prize for something by the swedish government.
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