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a Northern Ireland Locator MapJune 5 2018

Health profession bodies in Northern Ireland have set out a zero-tolerance policy relating to Controlled Drugs being stolen or held illicitly by health professionals.

A joint statement in relation to Controlled Drugs under the Misuse of Drugs legislation warns that healthcare “staff have been involved in the theft and/or unlawful possession and use of Controlled Drugs”. 

As a consequence, the Controlled Drugs Local Intelligence Network along with a number of professional bodies has said: 

  • All organisations that handle Controlled Drugs are required to have sufficient governance arrangements in place to reduce risk of diversion and ensure the appropriate use of Controlled Drugs – this will include a range of measures such as stock control, monitoring and audit;
  • Where there are suspicions of diversion/theft, organisations are duty bound to investigate the matter and liaise with the relevant authority bodies;
  • Possession and supply of all Controlled Drugs are governed by Misuse of Drugs legislation: all organisations are required to investigate or support an investigation of any alleged breach of this legislation, and forward referral to the Police Service of Northern Ireland and/or professional regulatory body as appropriate.

The statement was issued by the British Medical Association (NI), the Royal College of Nurses, the Pharmacy Forum (NI), the Association of Pharmacy Technicians (UK),and the Royal College of Midwives.

The bodies recognise “that a proportion of the public (including those that provide health and social care services) will suffer from mental health issues. Inter-related to this may be misuse of substances and/or addiction.”

To address this, all health and social care staff should be able to access confidential counselling services through their employer or their professional bodies and should be encouraged to seek help at the earliest possible time.

“Furthermore, if there is a concern about a fellow member of staff, everyone is duty bound to raise that concern as appropriate as soon as possible in order to protect the health and well-being of patients and of the member of staff.”

Link:
Pharmacy Forum NI announcement      

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