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    Nurse in UK stole a dead patient’s card and used it at the hospital’s vending machine

    A healthcare worker in the United Kingdom stole a dead patient’s card and used it at the hospital’s vending machine.

    Ayesha Basharat, 23, was sentenced for the theft in the Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday, West Midlands Police reports.

    She had taken an 83-year-old woman’s card from her room in the Heartlands Hospital’s COVID ward moments after she died on January 24.

    Cameras captured the moment she made her way to the vending machine and made six separate purchases using contactless payment.

    Police finally caught up to her when she continued trying to use it for days despite the family cancelling it.

    Basharat is caught on CCTV using the vending machine.
    Basharat is caught on CCTV using the vending machine. Credit: West Midlands Police

    She returned to the hospital for a shift four days after the elderly woman had died, with the card still in her possession.

    According to police, she told officers she had found it and confused it with her own card, but found they were different colours.

    Basharat was given two concurrent jail terms of five months each, both of which were suspended for 18 months.

    Detective Constable Andrew Snowdon described the act as an “abhorrent breach of trust”.

    Ayesha Basharat.
    Ayesha Basharat. Credit: West Midlands Police

    He said the victim’s family was distressed.

    “They were having to come to terms with the death of a loved one from COVID when they found the bank card missing,” he said.

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