Stoke & Staffordshire

Midwife Teresa Ann Harris struck off for keeping drugs

A midwife has been struck off for keeping prescription medicine and sending an abusive text message to a colleague.

The Nursery and Midwifery Council (NMC) hearing found Teresa Ann Harris's behaviour was "wholly inappropriate" and "unprofessional".

The panel heard the allegations of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust employee dated back to 2010

Mrs Harris, a registered nurse for 20 years, was not present at the hearing.

The panel heard the community midwife told police that she had kept the medication to administer to patients for pain relief, something not in line with the NHS trust's policy.

'Unblemished career'

Mrs Harris, a midwife since 2001 with an "unblemished" 17-year career, had also claimed she was asked by a patient to dispose of the medication.

She admitted sending a threatening and abusive message to one of her colleagues last year.

The NMC said her behaviour was "wholly inappropriate, unprofessional and not conducive to promoting cohesion within a working team".

The panel on Tuesday said Mrs Harris had shown "no expression of remorse" and found her fitness to practice impaired.

She was struck off the nursing register for five years, although has 28 days to appeal that decision.

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