A nurse who stole drugs from jail for her personal use as she worked with addict prisoners has been suspended from the profession.
Catherine Gronkowski was sacked from HMP Peterborough in September 2013 when she admitted stealing diazepam.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council heard she had been a user of mephedrone, ketamine and ecstasy.
She had been at the 840-capacity prison for six months as part of its recovery team helping inmates with alcohol and drug dependencies.
Gronkowski failed to turn up to her NMC disciplinary hearing in London due to “work commitments.”
She will be struck off if she does not make an appeal against the order within 28 days.
Suspending her, the panel said: “This case involves persistent misuse of illicit drugs over a period of time and there is nothing before this panel to confirm that this is no longer the case.
“Miss Gronkowski put patients at unwarranted risk of harm and acted dishonestly, thereby negatively affecting the reputation of the profession.”
HMP Peterborough is run by Sodexo.
So far Sodexo have made no comment.