Renfrewshire dental nurse struck off

10 September, 2014

A dental nurse from Renfrewshire has been struck off by the General Dental Council (GDC) nearly a year after she was convicted and sentenced to eight months in prison for embezzlement.

Jenna McKee stole £19,000 from her employer in Port Glasgow over a two-and-a-half-year period and pled guilty to the embezzlement at Greenock Sheriff Court in September last year. In November she was sentenced to eight months behind bars.

McKee was initially employed as a trainee dental nurse at the Renfrewshire practice in October 2005 and in 2010, as part of her reception duties at the practice, she was trusted to handle payments of cash. She was tasked with recording those payments and depositing the funds into the bank at the end of the week.

However, over a period of nearly three years, McKee stole a total of £19,316.71. Her embezzlement was discovered by her employer in September 2012.

In its determination, the GDC’s Professional Conduct Committee said: “The Committee determined that Ms McKee’s behaviour was unacceptable and that it would be regarded as deplorable by both members of the profession and the patients at the practice, whose payments to the practice she had embezzled.

“Her conduct and her ensuing conviction brought the profession into disrepute and had the capacity to seriously undermine public confidence in the profession and its standards. Ms McKee failed to act in a trustworthy way over a substantial period of time and breached a fundamental tenet of the profession.”

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