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Heartless nurse from Kilburn struck off for stealing £700 from vulnerable patient

PUBLISHED: 18:22 04 January 2016 | UPDATED: 18:35 04 January 2016

Karisma Garcia has been struck off

Karisma Garcia has been struck off

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A heartless nurse from Kilburn who stole £700 from a “vulnerable” patient with learning disabilities has been struck off.

Karisma Garcia, 37, of Cambridge Avenue, took the money from the bank account of Maurice Downey after stealing his bank card.

A conduct hearing of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) today heard the junior sister at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, was caught on CCTV withdrawing the money from a cash machine on the grounds in October 2014,

She was arrested and later sentenced to 100 hours community service by Highbury magistrates last January after admitting one count of theft.

She was also ordered to pay Mr Downey £700 compensation.

Garcia, who failed to attend the NMC hearing and now lives in Denmark, had been working as a category 6 junior sister with a managerial role at the hospital since 2009.

The NMC committee ruled Garcia’s fitness to practice was impaired by her dishonesty and ordered her to be struck off the nursing register.

Henry Vallance, for the NMC, told the hearing: “The theft of money from a vulnerable patient by a nurse in the course of her duty is conduct which brings the profession into disrepute.”

Panel chairman Leslie Cuthbert said: “Patient A was a vulnerable individual. Although there was no physical harm to him, psychological harm was caused by the dishonesty. The patient was reported to be upset by what occurred and is highly likely to lose trust in the nursing profession.”

A full report of the hearing will be in the Times, on sale on Thursday.

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