Doncaster hospital employee sacked and prosecuted over fake prescriptions

Doncaster Royal Infirmary
Doncaster Royal Infirmary

A member of staff at Doncaster Royal Infirmary has been sacked and prosecuted for faking prescriptions.

Stacey Arksey, of Bentley Road, Bentley, was put under investigation after bosses at the Trust which runs the hospital, in Intake, became suspicious.

We do not tolerate any type of fraud against the NHS and take all allegations of fraud seriously

After suspicions were raised internally, police detectives and the Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Foundation Trust’s own fraud specialist were called in.

An investigation was carried out relating to forged, bogus prescription forms to obtain tablets from the pharmacy.

As a result of the investigation Arksey, who was a member of the Trust’s staff, was charged, bosses at the hospital confirmed.

The 30-year-old appeared at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court earlier this year .

She admitted three counts of theft by an employee and using false prescriptions for drugs with intent.

She was handed a six- week community order and a curfew with electronic monitoring. She was also ordered to pay £42 in compensation.

Due to the conviction she was subsequently dismissed by the heath trust which employed her.

Mark Bishop, local counter fraud specialist at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals Trust, said: “We do not tolerate any type of fraud against the NHS and take all allegations of fraud very seriously.

“Where someone has been found to have exploited the NHS, we will always seek prosecution and the strongest possible sanctions to protect the public money meant for patient care.

“We need the public’s help too and I would urge anyone who does have concerns about fraud to contact the free NHS Fraud Line on 0800 0284060.”