Pharmacist faces false accounting allegations

A MORPETH pharmacist has been called before the industry regulator over allegations of false accounting.

Nadeem Shah, who runs the Health Hut pharmacy in Kirkhill, has been ordered to appear before the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) Fitness to Practise Committee later this month.

The allegation is that he received a police caution for false accounting. It does not relate to his present business.

If the committee deems his fitness to practise is impaired, Mr Shah could be removed from the pharmacist register.

Other sanctions available to the committee range from giving warnings or advice to suspension of the pharmacist for up to 12 months or placing conditions on his registration for up to three years.

Mr Shah said: “This is a personal hearing, it has nothing to do with the business.

“It is a matter which has been under discussion with the Pharmaceutical Council and we will have to wait and see what the council considers.

“The pharmacy has nothing to do with this at all. These matters pre-date the opening of the business. They are 2004/05 matters.

“There are reasons behind all the matters. There isn’t anything in the way of any fraud or dishonesty, however the matter is with the council and it will have to look at it.”

The hearing will take place at the GPhC’s offices in London. It is scheduled to last two days, beginning on Monday, August 22.