I want to know if I've broken the law. I'm in NZ where are you? None but have been advised to do so by Nursing Council.

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Customer: I'm in NZ where are you?
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: None but have been advised to do so by Nursing Council
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Customer: Just where you're situated please
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I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellington and will help you with your question today. Please give me a minute to read the question

Customer
Ok thank you
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Please let me know what you need to know about the possible breach of law

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It will help if you explain why the Nursing Council has suggested you get advice

Customer
Thank you - I was expecting a call but this is good - I retired from my Family Planning relieving job in Sept 2o19 also from the nurses union and had no practising certificatesince then
when my daughter was here in July last year I was looking for some information for her teenager and found an old signed prescription in a pile of notes(had worked for 35 yrs for them). She told me she tried to get another appt at FP in Blenheim but they kept cancelling them for various reasons and was running out of pills but also couldnt get a Drs appt due to fulltime work . I stupidly and in the heat of the moment remembered the script and gave it to her after filling in her name. As it had become out of date it was sent to the signing Dr who reported it to the Nursing council as a complaint Today after talking to her and also realising I'd given her the occasional packet of contraceptives from our free cupboard which we all did in the old days when I worked in Invercargill(then moved to Chch )I suddenly thought Ive broken the law and could be prosecuted - is this true ?
The NC told me to check with the union or get a support person but as I am no longer in the union or working they couldnt help
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

The prescription issue could be a problem, although giving the free contraceptives would not.

The prescription issue could be a criminal matter however-it could be a charge of altering a document if the police are involved. I have seen prosecutions for doing this, which have resiulted in a conviction. However the circumstances in your case may well permit diversion rather than a court conviction

Customer
I appreciate that information and am about to have a conversation with the Nursing Council when they've prepared their evidence . I guess I'll just have to tell them the truth and take the consequences. Thank you so much
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It isnt a good situation but you do have the ability to say it was for emergency contraception for your granddaughter and not for financial gain, and they may be understanding

Customer
I never thought of that but I certainly wanted to help .
Youve been really good and I'm stressing out a lot as the first letter was in August -waiting's been awful
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

If it stays with the council, then the worst would be banning from practice, which would not be an issue if you are retired, although they may ask you to pay costs

Customer
I'm fine with that- my worst fear is for my former friends and associates at Fp to know and hate me . You've been a godsend as Ive only told my GP and the counsellor she sent me to who told me to forgive myself -how stupid
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

I hope the Council is understanding-it is not as if this was to get drugs for personal use, but for a proper use.

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I'm nearly 76! You've been great and I shall rate you as such - what a good service
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