NHS worker, 23, is spared jail after using dead 83-year-old Covid patient’s bank card to buy sweets and fizzy drinks from hospital vending machine 17 MINUTES after she died from virus
- NHS worker Ayesha Basharat used a dead Covid patient’s card to buy food
- She made six £1 purchases at vending machine at Birmingham Heartlands
- Basharat admitted theft and fraud by false representation at crown court
- She was given two five-month jail terms, both suspended for 18 months
An NHS worker has been spared jail after using a dead Covid patient’s bank card to buy crisps, sweets and fizzy drinks from a hospital vending machine just 17 minutes after the 83-year-old died with the virus.
Ayesha Basharat, 23, used the woman’s bank card to make six £1 purchases at a vending machine at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital on January 24, less than 20 minutes after the patient died.
The healthcare assistant then made another £1 purchase that evening before trying again twice when she next returned to work four days later – by which time, the card had been cancelled, police said.
An NHS worker has been spared jail after using a dead Covid patient’s bank card to buy crisps, sweets and fizzy drinks from a hospital vending machine just 17 minutes after the 83-year-old died with the virus
West Midlands Police said Basharat was arrested during her shift on Ward One and was still in possession of the victim’s card.
Basharat, from Farm Road, Birmingham initially claimed she found it on the floor and got it ‘muddled up’ with her own card when paying.
However, they were different colours and she had ignored hospital protocol around patient lost property, Birmingham Crown Court heard. She went on to admit theft and fraud by false representation.
Yesterday Basharat was given two five-month jail terms to run concurrently, both suspended for 18 months.
Investigating officer DC Andrew Snowdon 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.
Ayesha Basharat, 23, used the woman’s bank card to make six £1 purchases at a vending machine at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital on January 24, less than 20 minutes after the patient died
‘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.’
A UHB spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Ayesha Basharat was immediately suspended when this incident came to light and all steps were taken to support the patient’s family.
‘The Trust has fully supported the Police with their investigation and a result of Ms Basharat’s conviction, the Trust will now proceed with our internal HR processes, with due consideration given to the criminal conviction that Ms Basharat has received.
‘We would like to offer our sympathies to the patient’s family and sincerely apologise for their experience; this incident is disgraceful and clearly fell short of the high standards of integrity that we all expect of NHS employees.’
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