Midwife from Stevenage’s Lister Hospital struck off for stealing £5,000 from patients and colleagues

Lister Hospital in Stevenage, where Samantha Barratt worked as a midwife at the time of the crimes.

Lister Hospital in Stevenage, where Samantha Barratt worked as a midwife at the time of the crimes. Picture: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

A former midwife at Stevenage’s Lister Hospital has been struck off after she admitted stealing more than £5,000 from patients and colleagues to pay for items including Florida holidays and clothes.

Samantha Barratt, 31 – who lived at Fold Croft in Harlow at the time she was convicted – was struck off by midwifery’s professional governing body, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, last month after she pleaded guilty to charges and theft of fraud at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court in November 2016.

The crimes, for which she was handed an eight-month suspended jail term, were committed in 2015 when she was working at the hospital run by East and North Herts NHS Trust in Coreys Mill Lane.

The NMC’s Conduct and Competence Committee, chaired by Paul Morris, was told Barratt deliberately stole money from colleagues she was working with, as well as from mothers in her care.

She was convicted at court of one count of theft and nine counts of false representation – which involved using people’s bank details to pay for items.

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On one occasion she stole a purse belonging to a colleague, removed pictures of their children from it and replaced them with photographs of herself. In total she misappropriated £5,080.12, including the value of the purse.

The investigation report stated: “Her actions were deliberate and the nature of her harm both emotional and financial.

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“Ms Barratt abused her position of trust and violated the rights of her patients and colleagues to their personal property.

“As determined by the panel in its earlier findings, the dishonesty in this case was persistent and covered up.

“Ms Barratt’s repeated denial and deceit has concerned the panel, most particularly, that she continued to cover up and deny her actions to the police.

“Ms Barratt has demonstrated a complete lack of insight into the seriousness of her actions, or the consequences to patients, her colleagues and her profession.”

The panel determined that Barratt’s actions fell “seriously short” of the conduct and standards expected of nurses and midwives and amounted to “misconduct of the utmost severity”.

A spokesman for the East and North NHS Trust said they had referred Barratt to the police and had dismissed her from the trust.

In a statement they said: “Ms Barratt was suspended immediately and following the NHS trust’s own investigation, she was dismissed from the NHS trust.

“The trust expects high standards of professional and personal conduct from all its staff and notes the decision made by the NMC following its own hearing to strike Ms Barratt from its register.”

Barratt may not seek restoration for at least five years.

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