A “HANDFUL” of health workers were sacked by NHS Lothian for substance abuse, newly released information has revealed.
The workers were all dismissed in 2011/2012, according to details released under the Freedom of Information Act.
NHS Lothian said it had also offered treatment to around ten people with alcohol or drugs problems over two years.
Across the country, around 80 medical staff were suspended, with a further 54 facing additional disciplinary action.
And up to 20 were sacked, with 50 being offered help.
A spokeswoman for The British Doctors and Dentists Group said: “It would do us good to remember that not everyone who is drunk is an alcoholic and not every alcoholic is a drunk.”