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Ban for nurse who stole from patient

By Gary Grattan

A MENTAL health nurse from Belfast who stole money from a patient's bank account has been banned from practising in the UK.

A MENTAL health nurse from Belfast who stole money from a patient's bank account has been banned from practising in the UK.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) Professional Conduct Committee, sitting in Belfast, found Susan Jane McKee (33) guilty of one charge of misconduct.

The charge related to a conviction she received at Belfast Crown Court in February 2001 for theft.

She was sentenced to 15 months' imprisonment suspended for two years and ordered to pay £3,670 compensation at the time.

The Professional Conduct Committee heard yesterday that Miss McKee misappropriated the money while she was employed by the South and East Belfast Health and Social Services Trust in its Brain Injury Support Service Community Outreach programme.

The victim - a patient who was being treated in her own home - raised the alarm when she discovered a large amount of money missing from her savings account.

The NMC's Director of Professional Conduct, Liz McAnulty, said: "Miss McKee has used her position of trust and responsibility to take advantage of a vulnerable patient and has compromised the integrity of the profession.

"She has been removed from the register to protect the public."

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