Basharat, from Birmingham, initially claimed he found it on the floor and “mistook” it for his own card when paying for his snacks.
Ayesha Basharat, a 23-year-old healthcare assistant working in a Covid ward, used a deceased patient’s bank card to buy potato chips from a vending machine 17 minutes after his death.
The young woman was saved from jail after taking the 83-year-old woman’s card at Birmingham’s Heartlands Hospital on January 24.
A doctor recorded the death of the OAP at 1.56pm and Basharat was caught on camera making six contactless purchases of £ 1 minutes later.
He later made another £ 1 payment and tried to make two more when he returned to work four days later.
But by that time the card had been canceled and the police arrested her during her shift in Room One while she was still in possession of the victim’s card.
Basharat, from Birmingham, initially claimed he found it in the flat and “mistook” it for his own card when he paid for his snacks.
But a court heard that the bank cards were of different colors and that Basharat had ignored hospital protocol on loss of property to patients.
Basharat admitted to theft and misrepresentation fraud in Birmingham Crown Court on June 9.
But she avoided going to jail after being sentenced to two consecutive five-month terms, both suspended for 18 months.
Investigating Officer, West Midlands Police Detective Andrew Snowdon, said: “This was an abhorrent and harrowing breach of trust for the victim’s family.
“They had to come to terms with the death of a Covid loved one when they discovered the bank card was missing, and then of course they realized that the card had been taken by someone who should have been taking care of her.
“Our hospital liaison officer worked closely with the Heartlands security team to gather evidence in this case.
“I would 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 that they can come through this disturbing episode.”
A spokesperson for the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust said: “Ayesha Basharat was immediately suspended when this incident came to light and all measures were taken to support the patient’s family.
“The Trust has fully supported the Police in their investigation and, as a result of Ms. Basharat’s conviction, the Trust will now proceed with our internal human resources processes, taking due account of the criminal conviction Ms. Basharat has received. Basharat.
“We would like to express our condolences to the patient’s family and sincerely apologize for their experience; this incident is disgraceful and clearly did not meet the high standards of integrity that we all expect from NHS employees. “
Source: The Sun UK