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Fake sick line nurse is jailed

6 March 2010

A nurse who altered sick notes for a sore toe to scam more than £10,000 has been jailed for four months.

Psychiatric nurse Martin McLelland, 42, changed the dates on sick lines from doctors as he stayed off work in 2008 and 2009.

But when he was rumbled McLelland was sacked and now faces being struck off as a nurse.

Yesterday at Livingston Sheriff Court he was jailed after he admitted conning NHS Lothian out of £10,482 in sick pay.

McLelland, a psychiatric nurse for 24 years, was working at St John’s Hospital in Livingston when he began suffering jaw pain as well as an infected toe.

He took time off from his work in 2008 and got sick lines.

But McLelland altered dates on the document so he could extend his time off until 2009.

His lawyer Iain Smith insisted he had not benefited as he would have been given new sick lines based on his injuries and illness.

McLelland, from Livingston, could not remember changing the dates but accepted that he had done.  He was suffering depression and on medication at the time.

But Sheriff William Muirhead insisted that McLelland had to be jailed because of the seriousness of the offence.

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