Nurse suspended

A CARNOUSTIE registered nurse has been suspended by a hearing of the Nursing and Midwifery Council after he admitted being convicted of the theft of drugs from a former employer.

The panel ordered the suspension of Andrew Cavanagh for the maximum period of 12 months to reflect the serious nature of the charge.

Members heard that on September 29, 2009, at Dundee Sheriff Court, he was convicted of theft and on December 22, 2009, was sentenced to a Community Service Order for one year with a requirement to complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

The panel concluded that on the basis of the conviction, Cavanagh’s fitness to practise was impaired.

He was told: “Trustworthiness is an essential quality for a nurse and you demonstrated by your conduct that you could not be trusted. You stole drugs for your personal use from your employer thereby demonstrating a fundamental lack of insight into your own global well being and your responsibilities and obligations to the wider community, in particular the National Health Service.”

Games welcome

COMMONWEALTH Games organisers have assured that Barry Buddon will not suffer environmental damage when hosting the 2014 shooting event.

The Ministry of Defence facility is a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) and Angus South MSP Graeme Dey was keen that any detrimental impact to the area is only temporary.

He explained: “Having the shooting come to Barry Buddon will provide our area with a welcome economic boost, and afford us an opportunity to showcase everything that Angus has to offer.

“However, it is important that we also protect the natural environment and I was pleased to hear of the steps being taken by organisers to that end.

“I was also pleased also to learn of the co-operation that Games organisers are receiving from Carnoustie Links management in creating a transport hub on land bordering Barry Buddon.”