A DEVASTATED family are writing to the Nursing and Midwifery Council after a staff nurse on duty at the time of their father's death was allowed to carry on working.

Julie Norton failed to ensure 74-year-old Roland Coxan received around-the-clock care, and then omitted details during an investigation into his death.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council panel ruled Norton's omissions amounted to misconduct, but that her fitness to practise was not impaired.

But Mr Coxan's daughters Angie Bailey, 50, and Julie Clay, 54, are unhappy with the decision.

Angie, of Cawthorne, said: "We don't like the idea of her working on a ward. We're unhappy that her only punishment was a two-day suspension for being involved in our father's death.

"It's been dreadful for our mum. She was going to come to this last hearing but she wouldn't have been able to cope with it."

They claim there may be discrepancies between evidence given at the inquest and that given at the Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing.

Mr Coxan, of Cope Street, Worsbrough, was admitted to Barnsley Hospital on March 30, 2008, with a number of health problems and had a couple of falls in hospital.

He was assigned a 'special' - an auxiliary nurse to supervise him on a one-to-one basis.

Mr Coxan fell from his bed on the night of April 24 after auxiliary nurse David Ingram was told by nurse Patricia Fawcett to get on with other duties on the ward.

He died two days later from pneumonia and the effects of a broken hip.

A spokesperson for Barnsley Hospital said: "We're investigating this matter and will be discussing it directly with Angie Bailey and Julie Clay."