Carer axed over miss­ing £2,660

Cash taken from de­men­tia pa­tient’s ac­count

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - FRONT PAGE - Jackie Grant

A sup­port worker has been struck off af­ter cash she with­drew from a de­men­tia pa­tient’s bank ac­count went miss­ing.

Bar­bara An­der­son had been given per­mis­sion by the woman’s son to take cash from her ac­count and use it for his mother’s needs.

But when An­der­son failed to ac­count for a miss­ing £2,660, she was reported to her bosses at Goldielea Care Home, Dum­fries.

She was axed from a reg­is­ter of so­cial care work­ers fol­low­ing a Scot­tish So­cial Ser­vices Coun­cil hear­ing re­cently.

They found ev­i­dence to prove that while An­der­son was em­ployed as a carer at Goldielea in April 2015, she with­drew £450 from the pa­tient’s Post Of­fice card ac­count in Dum­fries and failed to ac­count for the money to the woman’s son, who had her power of at­tor­ney.

Be­tween May and Au­gust 2015, she with­drew a fur­ther £2,210 from the ac­count at Gill­brae Road.

In Au­gust 2015, An­der­son made a pri­vate ar­range­ment with the woman’s son that he would make a stand­ing or­der to her of around £110 a month to spend on his mother.

How­ever, be­tween then and last July, she failed to ac­count for some of the cash. And she lied to one of her col­leagues that she was spend­ing her own money on the pa­tient.

The SSSC said with­draw­ing £2,660 from the ac­count that is miss­ing and can’t be ac­counted for was an abuse of An­der­son’s power and po­si­tion.

They said she failed to “be hon­est and act with in­tegrity” and that mak­ing the pri­vate ar­range­ment with the woman’s son for him to pay into An­der­son’s ac­count each month was “in­ap­pro­pri­ate and un­pro­fes­sional”.

They added that her be­hav­iour caused “fi­nan­cial harm, and po­ten­tially psy­cho­log­i­cal and emo­tional harm” and that the money is still miss­ing.

Telling one of her col­leagues she was spend­ing her own money on the pa­tient was found to be a “breach of the trust and con­fi­dence placed upon you as a so­cial ser­vice worker to act hon­estly and with in­tegrity”.

The SSSC de­scribed An­der­son’s be­hav­iour as “very se­ri­ous” and claimed she had shown no re­morse for her ac­tions.

An­der­son was also found to have phys­i­cally abused an­other de­men­tia pa­tient at Goldielea on July 1 last year. She put her hands on either side of a woman’s face and moved her head in a for­ward mo­tion, caus­ing in­jury.

Three days later when her man­ager no­ticed the woman had been hurt, An­der­son said she shouldn’t help her.

The SSSC said it showed a “lack of em­pa­thy to­wards a res­i­dent with de­men­tia” and that An­der­son had un­der­mined her man­ager and was dis­re­spect­ful to her.

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