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Doctor, 27, admits stealing drugs
Kent and Canterbury Hospital
Omah Ahmed was reported by the Kent and Canterbury Hospital
A doctor has pleaded guilty to stealing drugs from the Kent hospital where he worked.

Omah Ahmed, 27, of Ancaster Crescent, New Malden, south London, admitted four charges of theft from the Kent and Canterbury Hospital in Canterbury.

He took diamorphine and morphine sulphate from the stroke unit and morphine sulphate from Kingston Ward, Canterbury Crown Court heard.

He was given unconditional bail until 11 May to await sentencing.

Judge Adele Williams indicated she was considering a suspended sentence.

The thefts took place between 12 and 30 April last year.

He has not worked for us since and will not be returning to the trust
East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust

A charge of attempted theft of controlled drugs during the same period was ordered to lie on file.

The court heard Ahmed is receiving treatment at the traumatic stress unit at St George's Hospital in south London.

A spokesman for East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust said Ahmed had been on a training contract as a junior doctor but no longer worked for the organisation.

"He was suspended and reported to the appropriate authorities on 18 April 2006, as soon as it was suspected there was a problem," he said.

"His contract expired on 1 August 2006. He has not worked for us since and will not be returning to the trust."

A General Medical Council spokeswoman said Ahmed's registration had not been revoked, but there were conditions attached.

He is not allowed to practise as a locum and must only work in NHS training posts under supervision.

"Doctors who have been convicted of an offence may be referred to a public hearing in which a panel will make a decision about the doctor's fitness to practise in light of the conviction," she said.

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