South West Wales

Health worker Jacqueline Perry stole from cancer patients

Jacqueline Perry Image copyright ATHENA
Image caption Jacqueline Perry pleaded guilty to nine counts of theft

A health care worker has admitted stealing cash, medication and jewellery from cancer patients recovering from life-saving surgery.

Jacqueline Perry, 49, admitted nine counts of theft from semi-conscious patients at Swansea's Morriston Hospital.

Swansea Crown Court heard Perry, of Morriston, stole while working at the hospital between November 2014 and January 2015.

She will be sentenced in May.

An earlier hearing at Swansea Magistrates' Court heard Perry stole a 22 carat gold wedding ring belonging to 89-year-old Nancy Thomas.

The cancer sufferer also lost two other gold rings of "sentimental value," with all three collectively worth £1,800.

Perry also stole a gold ring from a patient recovering from surgery for stomach cancer and wallets containing small amounts of cash from chronically ill patients.

A spokesman for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board said Perry was arrested after a colleague raised concerns and a sting operation was set up with the police.

He added: "Not only was it a criminal offence, it was a betrayal of trust of vulnerable patients and also the excellent clinical team she was a part of."

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