‘Greedy’ nurse dropped out after stealing dying man’s money and going shopping

Leanne Wallace, 40, was jailed at Teesside Crown Court in November after assaulting Leslie Rushworth as he lay on his deathbed at North Tees University Hospital

Leanne Wallace
Leanne Wallace took aim at Leslie Rushworth as he lay on his deathbed

A nurse jailed after going on a shopping spree using a dying grandfather’s bank card has now been removed from the nursing register.

Leanne Wallace, 40, was sentenced to prison at Teesside Crown Court in November last year after targeting Leslie Rushworth, known as Les, as he lay on his deathbed at North Tees University Hospital in Stockton. Teesside Live Reports.

During a Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing last month, the panel heard that extreme emotional damage was caused to the patient, and particularly to her family, by Wallace’s fraudulent actions that took place as a result of the abuse of her position of trust.

In November, Teesside Crown Court heard that Wallace used her patient’s bank card to purchase:

£73.99 for wallpaper, on 12th July 2020
£10.57 and £23.97 purchases from Amazon, 12 July 2020
£699 for a bed from Home Living on 13 July 2020
£900 for a loan repayment to Provident on 13th July 2020

Leanne, who was taking care of Les, went shopping with his card after his death


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The court heard the vulnerable and frail grandfather of four by Seaton Carew, who was cared for by Wallace, was transferred to Alice House Hospice in Hartlepool and died on July 16, 2020.

He had been in the hospital since July 3 suffering from pneumonia, anorexia and general deterioration.

During the NMC hearing, it was alleged the nurse – formerly of Challoner Road in the Dyke House area of ​​Hartlepool – tried to hide her guilt by claiming Mr Rushworth was a generous man who offered to pay off her loan , the bed is for him and shopping at Amazon is for his benefit.

The report states: “In stealing Patient A, a vulnerable and incurable patient, Mrs. Wallace caused grief to his family, who were already in despair and grief in his last hours and after his death.

“The panel found that Ms Wallace’s actions were egregious and violated fundamental principles of the nursing profession and therefore brought his reputation into disrepute.

She believed that if her regulator did not consider charges of dishonesty and fraud to be extremely serious, trust in the nursing profession would be undermined.”

In November, Judge Howard Crowson told Wallace that she should serve an immediate prison sentence: “It was an appalling breach of trust. You were completely selfish.

“You spoiled the family’s last few hours with their father. Instead of being able to focus on him, they had to think about this scam.

“I find it very difficult to understand that you brought this about out of desperation. Desperate people rarely consider buying a £700 bed.

“It looks more like greed. You’ve damaged the reputation of nurses in this country.”

She was sentenced to 14 months in prison and has now been removed from the care register.

The NMC report adds: “After considering all of these factors, and after considering all the evidence available to it in this case, the panel decided that the appropriate and proportionate sanction is that of a delisting order.

“Considering the impact of Ms Wallace’s actions in discrediting the profession by negatively influencing public opinion on how a registered nurse should behave, the panel has concluded that in this case there is nothing less than this would suffice.”

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