News Professional Discipline 19th Jun 2023

Jack Gilliland acts for nurse faced with being struck off in relation to 16 charges

The nurse in question faced allegations of dishonesty, failing to adhere to prescribing protocols, failing to return a prescription pad upon leaving employment, and subsequently using that pad to prescribe for family and friends.

The hearing, part heard from 2022, lasted two weeks. The nurse admitted many of the allegations, but not those alleging dishonesty. Submissions of no case to answer on these charges were unsuccessful.

At the end of the facts stage of the proceedings, the Panel found only one of the dishonesty charges proven. The Panel subsequently found misconduct in relation to five charges spanning five months, including the dishonesty charge, and that the nurse’s fitness to practise was impaired.

The NMC sought a strike-off. Jack successfully argued that the nurse should be allowed to continue practising without any restriction, and that the regulator’s submission was disproportionate.

The Panel decided to impose a caution order for five years.

Counsel was instructed by the Royal College of Nursing.


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