Children's nurse who stole drugs is allowed to practise again.
Byline: Katie Davies Chief Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
A CHILDREN'S nurse who stole medication for personal use will practise again.
Elaine Boynton was suspended from Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust when they caught her stealing painkillers in an undercover sting.
e probe was launched when medical bosses noticed an increase in the amount of codeine phosphate tablets being ordered by the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, where Boynton worked.
Bosses found that missing medication coincided when the nurse, with 25 years' experience, was on duty. e report from the hearing earlier this month said: "e aggravating factors were that you conduct was premeditated and extended over several months. You abused your position of trust."
In August 2010 police were called to the ward and found strips of codeine marked up for the unit in Boynton's bag. She was suspended for 15 months following a Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing last year.
But, following a review hearing, she was given a 15-month conditions of practice order to allow her to continue her work as a nurse.
Boynton, who has been employed by the Trust since 1984 and is currently working as a manager at a fruit-processing plant, told a hearing she was now a changed person.
e report said: "You told the panel that you were now a very dierent person to the one who stole the codeine phosphate."
A spokesperson for the Trust said: "We are aware of the outcome of the Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing regarding Elaine Boynton, and will not comment on the detail of an individual case. Any decision taken by a professional body, relating to an employee of the Trust, is given full and serious consideration."