A HEALTHCARE assistant working on a Covid hospital ward used a dead patient’s bank card to buy crisps from a vending machine.
Ayesha Basharat, 23, took the 83-year-old woman’s card 17 minutes after she died at Birmingham’s Heartlands Hospital on January 24.
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Hospital worker Ayesha Basharat used a dead patient’s bank card[/caption]
A doctor recorded the OAP’s death at 1.56pm and Basharat was caught on camera making six £1 contactless purchases just minutes later.
She later made another £1 payment and tried to make two more when she next returned to work four days later.
But by that time the card had been cancelled and police arrested her during her shift on Ward One while she was still in possession of the victim’s card.
Basharat, of Farm Road, Birmingham, initially claimed she found it on the floor and got it “muddled up” with her own card when paying for her snacks.
But a court heard how the bank cards were different colours and that Basharat had ignored hospital protocol around patient lost property.
Basharat admitted theft and fraud by false representation at Birmingham Crown Court on June 9.
But she avoided jail after being sentenced to two five-month terms to run concurrently, both suspended for 18 months.
Basharat using the stolen bank card at a vending machine to buy crisps, sweets and fizzy drinks[/caption]
Investigating officer Detective Constable 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.
“Our Hospital Liaison Officer worked closely with Heartlands security team to gather evidence in this case.
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“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.”
The Sun Online has contacted Heartlands Hospital for comment.