Cambridgeshire

Cambridge university sick pay fraud nurse struck off

A nurse convicted of fraud after she worked at a care home while claiming sick leave pay from her hospital job has been struck off.

Glenna Ebreo was paid by Cambridge Manor Care Home when she should have been caring for elderly patients at the University Hospital.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council said she put patients at risk, disrupted colleagues and cost the NHS £3,600.

It struck her off over concerns about her fitness to practise.

Compensation order

The Conduct and Competence Commitee heard the married mother of three had worked at the care home during two periods of sick leave from the hospital, between December 2009 and March 2010.

She admitted two counts of fraud at Cambridge Magistrates' Court and in May 2010 was sentenced to a community order with an unpaid work requirement of 300 hours.

She was also given £1,800 compensation order, which the NMC heard had been paid.

The loss to the hospital was £3,600, comprising Ebreo's sick pay, costs incurred by covering shifts, and the subsequent investigation.

The NMC said Ebreo had shown a lack of judgement and a fundamental breach of trust which "undermines public confidence in the profession and does not uphold proper standards of conduct and performance".

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