Operating department practitioner Peter Glasscote has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of caution and misconduct whilst working for the Benenden Hospital Trust.
A Panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Mr Glasscote was responsible for the theft of 753 individual ampoules/vials of controlled drugs including morphine, tramadol and cocaine.
The Panel further heard that Mr Glasscote has self-administered the drugs whilst on duty, and was later cautioned by the Kent police for the offence of ‘Theft by employee’.
Panel Chair Lubna Shuja commented:
“The Panel concluded that Mr Glasscote’s conduct was deplorable. The Panel concluded that patients would be shocked if they learnt that an operating department practitioner had been under the influence of stolen controlled drugs whilst treating them. The Panel further concluded that the public would be horrified by this conduct, just as his colleagues had been when they learnt of it.”
The Panel directed for the name of Peter Glasscote to be struck off the Register from 31 October 2016, with an interim suspension order in place to cover the period until this date.
Mr Peter Glasscote was neither present nor represented at the hearing.