SERIES 6 EPISODE
8 THE SPINNING WHEEL
Nick continues to charge patients for sick notes as well as extra
night call charges. He also continues to make his way into the practice funds by
offering to help Erica and David with the annual report. David is welcome of the
help whilst Erica has her doubts. Her suspicions are further aroused when she
sees Nick coming out of the chemist. It soon emerges that Nick has enlisted the
help of Norman to aid him in committing prescription fraud. Norman makes him a
list of the most frequently prescribed medications, whilst a naive Kim provides
Nick with a new prescription pad when he tells her he has put his other one in
Rose's doctor tells Andrew that Rose wants him to continue her treatment. When
Andrew talks to his mum she asks him to help her die and that is the real reason
why she asked for him to take over her care. When Andrew tells Chrissie she
pressures him into helping Rose, she thinks it's the least he can do. The
Attwood's gather around Rose's bedside and have a final drink together as well as
a laugh - at Erica's expense!
CHRISSIE: Oh my God. Erica as a sister-in-law. That'll be
like Andrew marrying into the royal family
Nick is keeping pills at The Beeches to give to the patients. He tells them he
has collected their prescriptions for them to save them the hassle. He then
charges them for the trouble. Nick tells David he thinks The Beeches should be
extended and that a fourth partner should be added.
David is called out to see a patient treated by Nick. She has had a severe
attack that has brought on by pills Nick prescribed her. David returns to The
Beeches and tells Nick about what has happened. Their conversation is
by Erica demanding to see Nick's prescription pad. Kim and David reprimand her
for it and don't agree with her outburst. David looks at Nick's pad and says it
looks fine - not over used or underused. He tells Erica she should apologise. Erica
asks why they can't see through Nick and comment that surely Kim can see he's a
toad. Kim announces no she can't, she and Nick are an item! Erica apologises.
Kim and Nick go out to dinner and Kim has to pick up the bill when Nick's credit
card bounces. He tells her his house may be reprocessed and tells her he needs
£3000. He asks her if she could write him out a Beeches cheque for that amount.
She reluctantly agrees and says as long as it's paid back in a month then it
should be fine.
Nick delays a patients call, when he eventually starts up his car to attend the
emergency the car engine blows and he is delayed further. When he finally
arrives at the call he is greeted by Erica and an ambulance crew. The patient,
who earlier had a surgical procedure performed by Nick, has septicaemia. Nick goes to The
Beeches alone and cuts the wire of the sterilising machine to make it look faulty.
As he departs The Beeches he is greeted by his wife and children waiting for him
in the car!
Nick tells David how guilty he feels about the septicaemia patient. He says
maybe it was the sterilising machine that was at fault. Laura and David
investigate and find the
machine is faulty. However David is partially concerned when he sees a few
patients with out of date pills.
Erica visits Norman who is unwell. He has panicked after reading a piece in the
paper about NHS frauds. As she examines him she notices prescriptions burning in
his fireplace. She puts the fire out and is about to leave when Norman
David confronts Nick about the drugs he has been giving patients. Erica arrive
and David tells her that Nick has been giving patients different drugs without
their consent. She in turn tells him about the prescription pads she found
burning at Normans chemist. The situation worsens as Nick's wife and children
arrive in reception, Kim and Erica are horrified that his 'sister in law' turns
out to be his 'dead' wife. David catches Nick trying to escape through The
Beeches back window. David stops him by hitting him to the ground! Erica and Kim
witness what has happened and Kim tells Erica she feels like a fool. Erica tells
her she is not the only one Nick has conned.