A nurse has been struck off after he failed to properly manage the cases of 10 patients in his care, one of whom later died.
Iain Thomson, from Carnoustie, has been told by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) that he cannot work as a nurse again.
Thomson, who worked for NHS Tayside’s substance abuse service and had his registration suspended six months ago, had every allegation against him proven by an independent panel.
He did not appear at the tribunal or send legal representation.
The panel found that he had put patients at “unwarranted risk of harm” by failing to properly log appointments with 10 separate people.
He also copied and pasted appointment notes, failed to log missed and cancelled appointments and did not act when another patient attended a pharmacy smelling strongly of cannabis.
NHS Tayside was alerted to his activities between 2014 and 2016 after the death of one patient, named in reports as Patient 2.
Thomson had not kept records for Patient 2, whose death was believed to be drug related, and he had failed to suspend the patient’s methadone prescription after four appointments had been missed.
In a summary, the panel said: “The panel considered all of the evidence before it and was mindful that he had neither demonstrated any remorse nor accepted the gravity of his failures.
“Further, he had not shown that he had an understanding of how his failures and omissions impacted upon patients in his care, their families, his colleagues, the public, and the wider nursing profession.”
The panel conceded that there may have been undisclosed personal circumstances that played a part in the misconduct.
However, Thomson previously told the NMC that he had no interest in engaging with the process or returning to work as a registered nurse.
The panel concluded that, due to his lack of engagement, a further period of suspension “would not serve any useful purpose”, and struck him off.
When contacted by the Tele, Thomson said his stance hadn’t changed.
However, he declined to comment further.
NHS Tayside previously confirmed that Thomson is no longer employed by the health service.