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Insulin overdose nurse Veronica Duncan struck off for fraud

Insulin syringe
Image caption Duncan was given probation after she admitted giving an insulin overdose to a friend's baby

A former Borders nurse who administered an insulin overdose to her friend's baby has been struck off for fraud.

Veronica Duncan had already been suspended for the non-fatal attack on the baby, which happened after her own daughter died.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council heard she had been convicted of claiming almost £9,000 in council tax and housing benefit while she was working.

It decided her fitness to practice was impaired and she should be struck off.

Duncan, 46, from Cardrona, was sentenced to 100 hours of community service for the fraud offence at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last year.

As well as striking her off, the NMC also gave her an 18-month interim order for the "protection of the public".

She was originally suspended for a year in 2009, after she was given probation for injecting her best friend's four-month-old baby with an insulin overdose two years earlier.

Doctors managed to save the child, and Duncan later admitted poisoning her.

She told police she was overwhelmed with envy after losing her own one-year-old daughter months earlier from an infection following chickenpox.

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