Jailed nurse in blun­der en­quiry

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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.

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