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A patient has left me money in their will, but can I accept it?

How nurses must protect themselves from potential doubts about their professional integrity when patients or relatives wish to offer tokens of gratitude

How nurses must protect themselves from potential doubts about their professional integrity when patients or relatives wish to offer tokens of gratitude

Whether to accept a bequest made in a will is ultimately a decision for you to make. However, there are a number of factors you should consider before deciding whether to accept such a gift.

A patient has left me some money in their will – can I accept it?

First, check your employer’s policy on gifts. Does it allow you to accept gifts? If not, you have to refuse it.

You should always declare a gift to your line manager. This brings the gift to their attention and demonstrates that you are not attempting to hide

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