NHS Covid ward worker used dead patient’s bank card to buy sweets and crisps
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Ayesha Basharat took the 83-year-old woman’s card after she died in hospital on January 24. A court heard Basharat, 23, used the dead woman’s card half a dozen times to make £1 purchases using a vending machine’s contactless touch pad.
The heartless woman made another purchase the same evening before trying again twice when she next returned to work on January 28 but the card was cancelled, reports Birmingham Live.
She still had the victim’s card when she was arrested by police during her shift at Heartlands Hospital in Bordesley Green, Birmingham.
Basharat told police she found it on the floor and got it “muddled up” with her own card when paying.
However they were different colours and Birmingham Crown Court heard how she ignored hospital protocol around patient lost property.
This was an abhorrent breach of trust and distressing for the victim’s family
DC Andrew Snowdon, from West Midlands Police
But she was spared jail on Wednesday after admitting theft and fraud by false representation.
The judge handed out two five-month jail terms to run concurrently, both suspended for 18 months.
Basharat, of Sparkbrook, Birmingham, committed a “distressing” crime, according to police.
DC Andrew Snowdon, from West Midlands Police, said: “This was an abhorrent breach of trust and distressing for the victim’s family.
“They were having to come to terms with the death of a loved one from Covid when they found the bank card missing – and then of course the realisation that the card was taken by someone who should have been caring for her.”
He added: “Our Hospital Liaison Officer worked closely with Heartlands security team to gather evidence in this case.
“I’d like to thank them and the victim’s family for their support during the investigation.
“I wish the family all the best for the future and with this conviction hope they can move on from this upsetting episode.”
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