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Dr Susan McKinnon admits prescription drugs fraud

A GP who admitted falsifying more than 100 prescriptions to obtain drugs for her own use has been ordered to carry out 250 hours of community service.

Dr Susan McKinnon carried out the fraud whilst working as a partner at Mount Pleasant Medical Practice, in Greenock, Inverclyde, between 2007 and 2012.

The 47-year-old was caught after a suspicious pharmacist reported the matter to NHS Counter Fraud Service.

McKinnon, who is suspended, also faces a General Medical Council hearing.

The GP, from Langbank, Renfrewshire, was sentenced after appearing at Greenock Sheriff Court.

The court heard how McKinnon issued prescriptions, using the names of patients registered at Mount Pleasant Medical Practice, without their prior knowledge, in order to obtain painkillers and tranquilizers.

Abused position

She then visited numerous local pharmacies to have the prescriptions dispensed.

Following an investigation, the patients confirmed that they had never asked for the drugs to be prescribed, or had asked that McKinnon collect them on their behalf.

In several cases the patients had never attended a consultation on the day that the prescription was generated.

Maggie Worsfold, from NHS Scotland Counter Fraud Services, said: "Susan McKinnon is a doctor who blatantly abused her position of trust to prescribe drugs for her personal use, using her patient's identities, without their knowledge.

"Patients expect and are entitled to the highest ethical standards from their health professionals."

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