GPhC brings first prosecution for practising while suspended

By News team

A man has been prosecuted after continuing to practise pharmacy while suspended from the Register.

The General Pharmaceutical Council initiated the prosecution — the first in its history — following a routine inspection of a pharmacy, which revealed that Mark Robert Taylor, of Wigan, Lancashire, was working unlawfully as a pharmacist during his period of suspension.

Mr Taylor was convicted of an offence under Section 38(4) of the Pharmacy Order 2010 in a case heard at Tower Bridge Magistrates Court last week (9 January 2012), and fined £1,750 the GPhC’s legal costs.

Duncan Rudkin, chief executive of the GPhC, said: "This conviction sends a clear message that there are serious consequences if someone tries to work as a pharmacist when they are not registered to practise."

The GPhC’s fitness-to-practise committee had suspended Mr Taylor’s registration on 9 June 2011 for six months, following allegations that he accessed the Controlled Drugs cabinet when not on duty and without authorisation and demonstrated unprofessional and threatening behaviour towards a colleague.

The matter will be brought back before the regulator’s FtP committee.

Citation: The Salvadore URI: 11093071

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