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Nurse struck off after claiming more than £10,000 in unworked overtime

NMC fitness to practise panel’s decision follows earlier conviction over fraudulent claims
Ellesmere Port Hospital, where the nurse worked at the time of the fraudulent claims

Nursing and Midwifery Council fitness to practise panels decision follows earlier conviction over the fraudulent claims

A nurse who fraudulently claimed more than 10,000 for overtime she had not worked has been struck off by the nursing regulator.

While working at Ellesmere Port Hospital, Merseyside, nurse Diane Hyde made the fraudulent claims, totalling 10,462, between 1 January 2015 and 30 June 2016.

Suspended prison sentence

She was given a 12-month suspended prison sentence in December 2018 after pleading guilty to dishonestly making false representation to make gain for self at Chester Magistrates Court.

Based on this conviction, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) struck Ms Hyde from the register.

According to NMC fitness to practise (FtP) documents, Ms Hyde first claimed for unworked shifts when she made an application for enhancements a financial supplement for

Nursing and Midwifery Council fitness to practise panel’s decision follows earlier conviction over the fraudulent claims

Ellesmere Port Hospital, where the nurse worked at the time of the fraudulent claims
Picture: Charles Milligan

A nurse who fraudulently claimed more than £10,000 for overtime she had not worked has been struck off by the nursing regulator.

While working at Ellesmere Port Hospital, Merseyside, nurse Diane Hyde made the fraudulent claims, totalling £10,462, between 1 January 2015 and 30 June 2016.

Suspended prison sentence

She was given a 12-month suspended prison sentence in December 2018 after pleading guilty to dishonestly making false representation to make gain for self at Chester Magistrates Court.

Based on this conviction, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) struck Ms Hyde from the register.

According to NMC fitness to practise (FtP) documents, Ms Hyde first claimed for unworked shifts when she made an application for enhancements – a financial supplement for staff working unsocial hours, such as night shifts, weekends or bank holidays. When this went unnoticed, she continued to make such claims for a further 18 months.

Reaching its decision to strike Ms Hyde from the register, the FtP panel said she had brought the profession into disrepute with her actions. The panel noted that Ms Hyde was already on a good basic salary as a band 7 registered nurse and considered this an aggravating factor in the case.

Ellesmere Port Hospital, where the nurse worked at the time of the fraudulent claims
Ellesmere Port Hospital, where the nurse worked at the time of the fraudulent claims.
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Impact on the reputation of the profession

The panel stated there was no evidence that Ms Hyde 'understood the impact that her conviction has had on not only the reputation of the nursing profession but also her colleagues and the public'.

However, the panel noted that Ms Hyde has now paid back most of the money.

The NMC imposed an 18-month suspension order on Ms Hyde to allow for the prospect of an appeal.

In addition to her suspended prison sentence, Ms Hyde was ordered to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work and pay £1,000 to the cost of the prosecution and a victim surcharge of £140.

Ellesmere Port Hospital, which is part of the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, did not respond to a request for comment on this story.


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