Nurse struck off for running alleged illegal diet clinic

A nurse that gave patients an appetite-suppressant so they could improve their diets has been struck off the medical register.
Joanna Hudson ran the Diet Centre in St Neots from 2010 and 2012 and provided controversial medications to visitors that were looking to shed pounds quickly, according to the Huntingdon, St Ives and St Neots News and Crier.
Diethylpropion and phentermine were supplied to patients, but the Care Quality Commission argued that an inspection of Ms Hudson’s facility showed the woman was not properly outlining the negative side effects of the drugs.
Robin Somerville, chairman of the group that made the decision to strike Ms Hudson off, said: “She failed to record the quantity of dose, the medication name, inform some of her patients of the potential side effects of the drugs and that the medication was unlicensed.”
Mr Somerville added that she should have known her actions would put her visitors’ health at risk. Ms Hudson has now moved to Spain and shut down her business in 2012.

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