Nurse claims staff 'took drugs from hospital'

Rebecca Leighton, the nurse cleared over the poisoning deaths of patients at Stepping Hill Hospital in Greater Manchester has claimed staff habitually took drugs from the premises in "case of emergencies" during their holidays.

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Statement from Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust have released a statement after Rebecca Leighton, a nurse who was cleared over the poisoning deaths of patients at Stepping Hill Hospital, was suspended for three months after she admitted stealing drugs.

We totally refute the false allegations, which were raised at the hearing, about the habitual theft of drugs by staff from our premises.

These unfounded allegations were immediately investigated by our organisation as soon as they were raised at Miss Leighton’s original disciplinary hearing in November 2011.

The investigation found no evidence to back them up.

All our staff know that the stealing of drugs is forbidden and we have robust systems in place to ensure staff are not stealing medication.

We also have clear and effective processes in place for staff to raise any concerns about colleagues or working practices through a number of ways.

– STOCKPORT NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

Stockport nurse suspended for three months

A nurse cleared over the poisoning deaths of patients at Stepping Hill Hospital has been suspended for three months after she admitted stealing drugs.

A Nursing and Midwifery Council panel found Rebecca Leighton's fitness to practice impaired following a disciplinary hearing in which she suggested staff habitually took medication from the premises.

Rebecca Leighton Credit: Press Association

Ms Leighton, 29, sobbed gently as the panel, sitting in London, said the "relatively short" suspension would be the best course of action as she had shown remorse, had done the best to atone for actions and was unlikely to repeat her misconduct.

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