A HARD-WORKING mother who filled in her own prescriptions for sleeping tablets and inhalers while working at the Countess of Chester Hospital has been sentenced to 150 hours of community work.
Margaret Davies, of Marlston Avenue, Chester, had been working as a medical secretary at the hospital for more than 27 years when she was discovered filling in her own prescriptions and getting a doctor friend to sign them off.
Appearing before Chester Magistrates Court on Friday, June 8, the mother-of-two, who now works at a private medical practice, pleaded guilty to three counts of fraudulent activity after an investigation costing £4,800 was launched into her misconduct.
The court heard how Davies filled in the blank forms on a number of occasions for sleeping tablets before filling in a single form for a friend who needed an inhaler.
Hugh Edwards, prosecuting, said: “Concerns were raised by one of the pharmacists when sleeping tablets were seen to have been prescribed from the orthopedics department. It was this defendant who was filling in blank prescription forms and sending them off to a friend who is a doctor.”
Rebecca Smith, defending, said Davies, 60, had never been in trouble with the police before and had been humiliated and living in fear of her court appearance, which had been hanging over her for 18 months.
“In February 2000 she unfortunately lost her mother and her husband, she did not have any time of bereavement as she was motivated to provide for her young family and dedicated to her job.”
Magistrates sentenced Davies to 150 hours of community service and ordered her to pay £1,200 toward the costs of the operation. The doctor is due to go before the General Medical Council after allegations of misconduct.