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Nurse admits: I stole morphine; Hospital staff member suspended over theft.


A MERSEYSIDE nurse has admitted stealing morphine from the hospital where she worked.

Michelle McKay, 48, admitted three charges of stealing the drugs but denied a fourth charge at Wirral magistrates court.

Arrowe Park hospital, in Wirral, where McKay worked, said today it takes security of drugs and medicines "extremely seriously". It confirmed a nurse had been suspended pending a disciplinary hearing.

Join the conversation Facebook page During the hearing yesterday, the registered nurse admitted that, on November 3 last year, on three occasions, she stole a quantity of morphine sulphate, worth pounds 1.05 per bottle, belonging to Arrowe Park hospital.

But McKay, of Laurel Avenue, Birkenhead, denied a similar charge dated between September 3 and November 2. Chair of the magistrates Lindsay Price agreed with defence solicitor Kate Thew that the case could be heard by magistrates.

A case management hearing will be heard at the court in Birkenhead on the afternoon of February 3. Morphine sulphate is used to kill severe pain from long-term illnesses such as cancer.

on our www.face theliverpoolecho A spokesman for Arrowe Park hospital said it "takes security of medicines extremely seriously and acts immediately in the event of any concerns relating to the storage or issue of medicines".

He added: "We can confirm that a nurse has been suspended from duty and will remain suspended until a formal disciplinary hearing is completed.

"We are unable to comment further."


GUILTY: Nurse Michelle McKay
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 21, 2012
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