A nurse convicted of defrauding the NHS of thousands of pounds has been banned from working for six months.
Nursing sister Parmjit Kaur Jandu was claiming sick pay from Solihull Hospital while working at a nursing home as she struggled with family financial difficulties.
But the 52-year-old, who lives in a £260,000 semi-detached home in Rushford Close, Monkspath, Solihull, was caught out and sent to court.
Jandu was convicted of three counts of obtaining money by deception at Birmingham magistrates court on June 24, 2008. She was ordered to pay £5,000 compensation and made the subject of a 12-month supervision order.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has now suspended Jandu for six months but did not strike her off the register due to mitigating circumstances.
“The panel heard from the nurse’s two daughters,” said a NMC spokeswoman. “It was clear Jandu carried the burden of the family’s financial difficulties alone and her offending arose from her attempt to resolve these difficulties.
“Jandu had considerable debts at the time, which she appeared to have acquired by spending large sums of money to support family members. It demonstrates a serious and sustained deception. These were not isolated incidents but a continuing course of conduct.”
Jandu was working on Ward 19 at Solihull Hospital as a senior staff nurse when she claimed periods of sick leave over three years. But during these “illnesses” from 2005 to 2007, the nurse was working for nursing agency First Point Healthcare, receiving a second income while also getting sick pay.
When NHS counter fraud officers caught up with Jandu, she made a “relatively early admission”, the hearing was told. Jandu has been working as a sister in a nursing home dealing with patients with complex conditions since April 2008 and had shown remorse. Jandu declined to comment.