Jailed nurse in blunder enquiry
The Rutherglen nurse jailed for falsely accusing a taxi driver of attempted rape lost her bid for freedom last week, as it emerged she is also at the centre of a drugs blunder inquiry.
Fiona Scanlan was sent down for 13 months in December but asked to be released pending a potential appeal against her sentence.
But Lord Turnbull rejected the move at the High Court in Edinburgh on January 6.
The court case was heard as the Nursing and Midwifery Council confirmed an investigation into Scanlan’s conduct as a nurse is underway.
It is probing claims Scanlan gave vulnerable patients the wrong medication at care centres in Glasgow and Lanarkshire in May, August and December last year.
But a disciplinary tribunal hearing will not take place until Scanlan is freed from prison.
She is almost certain to be banned from working in health care because of her rape lies regardless of what evidence is uncovered in the latest investigation.
Scanlan allegedly gave the wrong pills to elderly patients, including ones with dementia and life-threatening conditions, up to four times a day.
There is no suggestion that she handed out the wrong drugs on purpose. But she is accused of maladministration.
Scanlan lost her job with a nursing home in Blantyre, Lanarkshire, shortly before she was convicted last month.
She first registered as a nurse in 2002 when she was 26 but is thought to have then worked in Australia.
An NMC spokesman said“We can confirm that we’ve received a referral.
“But as there is an ongoing investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”
Scanlan’s trial was told that innocent taxi driver William Millar, 56, was arrested and held in custody in a police station for 18 hours because of her lies against him.
She claimed William pulled into a secluded area and tried to rape her as he drove her home from a wedding at East Kilbride’s Crutherland House Hotel in March 2014.
But a GPS tracking device fixed to his taxi showed police that the vehicle did not take the route she described and proved his innocence.
William had been called to Crutherland House at midnight and watched as a drunken Scanlan was carried out.
He later asked her to leave his taxi after she launched a drunken tirade against him as he drove her home.
Refusing to do so, William took her to the police station, where she told officers he had attempted to rape her.
While he was held in custody and questioned over the accusation, William’s trousers and jacket were taken for forensic tests. His taxi was impounded to check for any possible DNA evidence.
Scanlan admitted fabricating the claim when she appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court.
William said the prison sentence was not long enough and described what happened to him as one of the most embarrassing things in his life.
Sheriff John McCormick also slammed Scanlan before sending her to jail and said her conduct could make it harder to prosecute rape cases in the future.