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Nurse jailed for fraud against NHS
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Hospital staff became suspicious and called in the fraud service
A former Oxford nurse has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for defrauding the NHS of 134,000.

Shauna Bowen-Thomas, from Cardiff, admitted falsifying timesheets over almost two years during her trial in January.

She was employed by the British Nursing Association to work at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital and arrived there every morning but left shortly afterwards without doing anything.

During her trial, Bowen-Thomas was told her offences were so severe there was a case for a prison term.

All fraud against the NHS, no matter how big or how small, deprives the NHS of resources needed for the delivery of patient care
NHS Fraud Service
During April 2002, hospital bosses became suspicious of the amount of hours for agency work she was claiming, and referred the matter to the NHS Counter Fraud Service.

The timesheets appeared to have been approved by the three relevant authorities at the hospital, but all three made statements denying this.

She admitted 20 charges of deception and asked for a further 59 similar offences to be taken into consideration for the period 3 July 2000 to 25 March 2002.

A spokesman for the fraud service said:

"All fraud against the NHS, no matter how big or how small, deprives the NHS of resources needed for the delivery of patient care and the continuing improvement of NHS frontline services."




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