Nurse ordered drugs for personal use

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A NURSE who ordered drugs for her personal use has been struck off.

Claire Farmer was working at Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital at the time.

She was originally suspended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council for a period of nine months in January 2012.

That was extended by a further six months in October last year.

The panel heard at that time that the nurse “would not have acted as she did had it not been for her personal circumstances and health issues”.

An investigation was carried out and it emerged Ms Farmer had ordered medication for her own personal use. She was found in possession of pills and shortly after tendered her resignation.

With the current period of suspension due to expire, the Nursing and Midwifery Council decided that MsFarmer’s fitness to practise remained impaired as she had not provided up to date information on her health and personal circumstances and she said she no longer wished to continue with her nursing registration.

The panel decided a striking off order would be appropriate in this case, as another period of suspension “would be likely to lead to further review hearings achieving nothing”.

Ms Farmer was not present at the hearing.