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Nurse who continued to be paid £25,000 after quitting job still works for NHS

A nurse who still continued to be paid more than £25,000 after quitting her job is still working for the NHS.

Sarah Glenys Merry stopped working at Cwm Taf University Health Board in January 2017 but failed to hell her bosses that she was still being paid up until May 2018. The 35-year-old kept didn’t tell anyone about her monthly overpayments which totalled £25,511.80.

It’s now emerged that Merry, of Tonyrefail, still works as a specialist diabetes nurse at the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

On Friday, February 22, Merry was given a sentence of six months in prison, suspended for 12 months. At an earlier hearing at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates Court she pleaded guilty to theft.

Sarah Glenys Merry

A recent press release from the health board said Merry was hired after they received Welsh Government funding through their “invest to save” scheme. Under Nursing and Midwifery Council rules registrants must declare any offences to the regulator.

It emerged that Merry spent the money paid into her account and made no attempt to inform her former employer she was still receiving a salary, a court was told.

The error came to light during a review of salary payments and the case was then referred to NHS Counter Fraud Service Wales for investigation. In her interviews, she admitted she had received the monthly salary money and knowingly spent it.

She was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and to attend a rehabilitation course. Cwm Taf University Health Board was given full compensation, which she will repay at a minimum of £250 per month. Prosecution costs of £360 were also awarded.

We cannot comment on individual cases but we take fraud and theft very seriously and will investigate and bring prosecutions against any individuals where there is sufficient evidence. System errors within the health board are rare but we make every effort to ensure our processes are robust.

– CWM TAF SPOKESWOMAN

Speaking after the verdict, deputy operational fraud manager at NHS Counter Fraud Services (CFS) Wales Cheryl Hill said: “Sarah Merry deliberately spent NHS money that she had not earned and did not belong to her. “The vast majority of NHS staff are honest and care greatly for their NHS, but Sarah Merry has let down her profession through her greed.

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