Nurse struck off for thefts from surgery

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A WIGAN dental nurse who stole money from her employers has been struck off the medical register following a hearing.

Nicola Houghton, from Platt Bridge, twice took money from Talking Teeth Dental Practice in Aspull while she was working there.

The committee took into account the detailed planning Ms Houghton undertook in order to steal money from her employer

GDC spokesman

The professional conduct committee of the General Dental Council (GDC) also heard Houghton, of Stratton Drive, failed to report to the standards body that she had been cautioned for the thefts by police for more than a month.

The panel was told Houghton hatched elaborate plans to steal the money from her employer in incidents which took place in mid-August and early October 2013.

She visited the Scott Lane dental practice outside of working hours to plan the thefts and also tampered with the building’s alarm systems so her crimes would go undetected.

She was cautioned by police on October 25 but did not disclose this to the GDC until November 27.

Houghton was immediately suspended by the panel and her name will be struck off the register in around 28 days’ time unless she chooses to appeal against the panel’s decision.

A GDC spokesman said: “The committee considered the matter of Ms Houghton’s caution, in particular the substance and seriousness of her offences of theft, both of which occurred during the course of her employment as a dental nurse.

“The committee took into account the detailed planning Ms Houghton undertook in order to steal money from her employer.

“This included her entering the dental practice out of hours and her deactivation of the premises’ burglar alarm.”

The committee also noted Houghton failed to co-operate with the GDC investigation into the charges against her.

She did not attend the public hearing into the allegations of misconduct and was not represented.