An NHS worker who was spared prison after using a dead COVID patient’s bank card to purchase crisps, sweets and fizzy beverages from a hospital vending machine has refused to apologise.
Healthcare assistant Ayesha Basharat, 23, used the 83-year-old woman’s card only 17 minutes after she died at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital on January 24.
She used the contactless touchpad on a vending machine in the hospital to make six £1 purchases.
Police said that she made another £1 purchase that evening before attempting to use the card again when she next returned to work four days later, by which time, the card had been cancelled.
Ayesha Basharat, from Farm Road, Birmingham initially insisted she found it on the floor and got it mixed up with her card when paying.
She admitted theft and fraud by false representation at Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday, June 9 and was handed down two five-month jail terms to run concurrently, both suspended for 18 months.
According to reports, Ayesha Basharat refused to apologise to the pensioner’s family when confronted at her home in Sparkhill.
She reportedly said that she didn’t want to talk about it and that she had nothing to say, while stood on the doorstep with her father and elder brother by her side.
She didn’t answer when she was asked why she had used the bank card and refused to respond when asked if she was upset at the possibility of losing her job.
The University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Heartlands Hospital, said Ayesha Basharat was suspended from her position when they were made aware of the incident. An internal inquiry has also been launched.
A spokesperson for the trust said that Ayesha Basharat was quickly suspended when this incident came to light and all measures were taken to support the patient’s family.
The spokesperson said that the trust had fully supported the police with their inquiry, which concluded in Ayesha Basharat’s conviction, and the trust would now continue with their internal HR processes, with due attention given to the criminal conviction that Ms Basharat had received.
The spokesperson said that they would like to extend their condolences to the patient’s family and truly apologise for their experience – that the incident was shameful and fell short of the high standards of integrity that they all expect of NHS workers.
This destroyed Mr Basharat’s career and reputation for £7, which is utterly crazy, and a suspended sentence – looks like crime pays, but obviously, this woman has no morals, and it’s despicable.
Ms Basharat should never be permitted to work again as a nurse because she’s not deserving of the uniform, and she held a position of trust where people are at their most vulnerable, and nothing less than sacking is acceptable, but the NHS has to go through a process, and you’d have to be a very particular kind of person to use a dead person’s bank card.
And it’s the arrogance about this woman, making out as though she was the wounded party, and yet we were all clapping for them a few months ago like they were all saints, and what was going on in her head at the time, well who knows, but there are countless self-indulgent and selfish people in society today, but most ordinary folk would never dream of doing this, and the fact that she used contactless payment on a dead person’s card to save a few pounds beggars belief.