A healthcare assistant stole a patient’s bank card to buy sweets, fizzy and crisps barely 20 minutes after she died.
Ayesha Basharat, 23, was at the time in January, working at Birmingham’s Heartlands Hospital when she stole the 83-year-old woman’s bank card.
The healthcare assistant was assigned to the Covid ward on the day of the incident.
She took the woman’s bank card and headed straight to the vending machine, where she bought £6 worth of snacks at the expense of the dead pensioner.
The 83-year-old woman was said to have died at 1.56 pm, and Basharat was caught on camera purchasing snacks with the woman’s contactless about 17 minutes later.
The Healthcare assistant first bought snacks worth £6 that afternoon and spent another £1 in the same evening.
Basharat kept the card and attempted it twice when she returned to work four days after on January 28.
Her luck ran out as she made the double attempt, not knowing the card had been cancelled, and the police were already on her trail.
‘She was arrested during her shift while still in possession of the victim’s card’, according to report.
Basharat was arraigned at Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday, June 9, where she first claimed she found the card on the floor and got it mixed up with hers.
However, the court heard how the accused ignored hospital protocols around the patient lost property, plus the bank cards were of different colours.
The Healthcare assistant later admitted to theft and fraud by false representation at the court. She was given a five-month suspended sentence.
According to detective Constable Andrew Snowdon from West Midlands Police, the incident was “an abhorrent breach of trust” and “distressing for the victim’s family.”
He added, “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.
“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, I hope they can move on from this upsetting episode.”