A Dundee nurse has been suspended after showing up to work under the influence of alcohol and for being convicted of a driving offence.
Azra Bashir, a registered nurse, was suspended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council at a conduct and competence hearing for attending duty at Bughties Care Home in Broughty Ferry on multiple occasions while in an unfit state to work.
On one occasion, the committee found, she was under the influence of alcohol.
It also found that her ability to practice was impaired by way of a conviction where she failed to provide a breath, blood or urine sample while in charge of a motor vehicle in August 2015.
A report by the council said: “Given the seriousness of the facts found proved and the pattern of behaviour demonstrated, the panel considers that Miss Bashir’s conduct was a serious departure from the standards expected of a registered nurse.
“Therefore, for all of the above reasons, the panel determined that the facts found proved amount to misconduct.”
The committee’s decision referred to an occasion in March 2015, where Miss Bashir had attended for duty at the Broughty Ferry care home under the influence of alcohol.
In May 2015, the committee found, she had attended the same care home unfit to attend for duty.
A final charge of misconduct stated that in June of that year, Miss Bashir had been present at an investigation meeting at the care home while unfit to attend.
The committee invoked a six-month suspension order.
Neither Miss Bashir nor any representative for her attended the hearing in Edinburgh.
One of the witnesses at the hearing, whose name was given as Ms 1, said she had been working a night shift with Miss Bashir — the only nurse on the shift — in March 2015.
The witness said she saw Miss Bashir “slumped” in a chair speaking to a resident with speech that appeared to be slow and exaggerated. Ms 1 said she also “appeared to be unsteady on her feet”.
The hearing heard the witness was informed that Miss Bashir was doing the drug round and appeared to be “more drunk”.
Another witness also said that on an occasion in May 2015, Miss Bashir was “slurring her words” and had “glazed, half-shut eyes”.
A further witness gave evidence that Miss Bashir appeared to be under the influence of “something” when she attended an investigation meeting in June 2015.
When Miss Bashir was told that the matter would be escalated through the formal disciplinary process she resigned.
A spokeswoman for Bughties Care Home declined to comment when approached by the Tele.