A senior staff nurse has been struck off the nursing register by the Nursing and Midwifery Council for stealing prescription painkillers from a Sheffield hospital.
Joanne Jessop, from Owlthorpe, Sheffield, denied taking three packs of medication from the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in December 2005, and passing them on to a male family member who was suffering from back pain.
The independent panel heard how Mrs Jessop had accompanied the family member to a walk-in clinic at the hospital where she worked.
When the man was prescribed antibiotics, but no pain relief for a cyst on his lower back, Mrs Jessop visited the ward where she usually worked and took dihydrocodeine, metoclopramide and diclofenac from a drug trolley.
Six months later, the man contacted the hospital, complained about the incident and produced the stolen medication.
Although the panel accepted the incident was isolated, they ruled that Mrs Jessop’s misconduct was fundamentally incompatible with continuing to be registered with the NMC.
Commenting on the panel’s decision, NMC spokesperson Nina Rossi said: ‘Mrs Jessop was not under duress and no appropriate rehabilitative steps have been taken. The panel struggled with her continued denial of the incident, her lack of apology and insight.
‘The panel also felt that her colleagues were compromised by her seeking medication from them, as potentially were patients on the ward once medication had been removed. The panel decided that the conduct was a serious departure from the relevant standards set out in the NMC’s code of conduct,’ she added.