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Nurse who stole prescription forms for drugs struck off

Jordan Henderson used the fake prescriptions to obtain medication, particularly tramadol and diazepam.

By Jenness Mitchell

Published 20 Dec 2019.

A nurse who stole prescription forms to get controlled drugs has been struck off.

Jordan Henderson used the fake prescriptions to obtain medication, particularly tramadol and diazepam, which he had not been prescribed.

He was eventually snared after the alarm was raised by suspicious pharmacy workers.

Henderson stole the forms while working at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

On August 1, 2018, he attempted to obtain morphine sulphate from a pharmacy in Castle Douglas.

The female pharmacy worker spotted a discrepancy on the form and noticed that the doctor’s name was not legible.

After telling Henderson she was awaiting a call back as system checks were ongoing, he took his prescription form back and claimed he was going to catch a bus and would resolve the issue himself as he had a doctor’s appointment the next day.

Following checks, an alert bulletin was issued to other pharmacies in the area.

Henderson was caught two days later on August 3 when he attempted to obtain tramadol and diazepam from another pharmacy in Dumfries.

The staff member immediately recognised his name from the alert. The police were called and he was arrested.

Henderson pleaded guilty to theft and fraud at Dumfries Sheriff Court earlier this year.

He was sentenced to a Community Payback Order with supervision for 12 months and 150 hours of unpaid work.

On Tuesday, a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) fitness to practise committee ruled that Henderson should be removed from the register.

In a written ruling, the panel concluded that his behaviour placed patients at risk of harm and brought the profession into disrepute.

His dishonesty also “breached the fundamental professional tenet of integrity”.

The committee highlighted that Henderson had failed to show any insight or remorse, noting: “The panel has not been presented with any evidence regarding steps taken by Mr Henderson to remediate his actions.”

The panel therefore concluded there was a “significant risk of repetition”.

Striking Henderson off, the committee stated: “The panel was of the view that the findings in this particular case demonstrate that Mr Henderson’s actions were so deplorable that to allow Mr Henderson to continue practising would undermine public confidence in the profession and in the NMC as a regulatory body.

“The panel concluded that Mr Henderson’s actions are fundamentally incompatible with remaining on the register.”