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UK healthcare worker, Ayesha Basharat, has been slammed as she stole a dead patient’s card and used it at the hospital’s vending machine.

She had taken an 83-year-old woman’s card from her room in the heartlands Hospital’s COVID-19 ward and used the card six times at the vending machine, making contactless payments.

Basharat had stolen the card from the woman just moments after she died on January 24th, according to West Midlands Police.

Police caught up to her after she continued to use the credit card despite the family of the woman cancelling it.

Basharat has been given two concurrent jail terms of five months each, both of which were suspended for 18 months.

Detective Constable Andrew Snowdon said the act was an “abhorrent breach of trust”.

“This was an abhorrent breach of trust and distressing for the victim’s family,” he said.

“They were having to come to terms with the death of a loved one from Covid when they found the bank card missing – and then of course the realisation that the card was taken by someone who should have been caring for her.

“I wish the family all the best for the future and with this conviction hope they can move on from this upsetting episode.”