A mental health nurse who performed Nazi salutes in front of patients has been struck off.

Stephen Johnson, who worked for North Essex Partnership Trust, was struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in December

A North Essex Partnership statement said: “We are pleased that the NMC have struck Mr Johnson off.

“His behaviour was completely unacceptable.

“The staff who complained about him have been vindicated and we thank them for coming forward which is always difficult when a senior person behaves badly. However they faced that challenge and did the right thing.

“Staff came forward with their allegations on Friday 2 October 2009 and Mr Johnson was suspended on Tuesday 6 October. Mr Johnson resigned from the Trust in June 2010, before he could face disciplinary action.”