‘Greedy’ nurse swiped OAP’s bank card and went on spending spree as he lay dying

A greedy nurse has been struck off the nursing register after stealing a dying OAP’s bank card and using it to go on a spending spree.

Leanne Wallace, 40, was jailed in November last year at Teesside Crown Court, after she targeted Leslie Rushworth, known as Les, as he lay on his death bed at the University Hospital of North Tees, County Durham.

The culprit spent over £1,700 on her patient’s card, including paying off a loan worth £900.

She also spent nearly £700 on a bed, as well as £74 on wallpaper and £25 on a couple of Amazon purchases.

During a Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing last month, the panel heard the patient and particularly his family, were caused extreme emotional harm as a result of Wallace’s fraudulent actions which occurred as a result of abuse of her position of trust.

The court heard that the vulnerable and weak grandad-of-four, who was being cared for by Wallace, was transferred to Alice House Hospice, in Hartlepool, and died on July 16, 2020.

He had been in hospital since July 3 suffering pneumonia, anorexia and general deterioration.

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Earlier this week it was revealed that another nurse was struck off the register for abusing an elderly patient with dementia but fled the country before she was arrested.

Lohan Monalisa Maria was working at the Birch Tree Manor care home in the Wirral when she was captured punching, slapping and kicking the patient.

Both residents and colleagues confirmed the abuse, with the police getting involved, but Maria’s whereabouts are currently unknown.

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