Dental nurse stole NHS patients’ cash

Leeds Magistrates Court .
Leeds Magistrates Court .

A dental nurse who fraudulently claimed nearly £2,000 worth of NHS patients’ money has been disciplined by the General Dental Council (GDC).

Tracy Graham, from Corporation Street, Morley, pleaded guilty to making false transactions worth £1,934.88 between April 2012 and April 2013 at Leeds Magistrates Court in October 2013.

At a hearing on January 16 the GDC’s Professional Conduct Committee ruled that her fitness to practise was impaired and concluded that there was a risk of her repeating her crime.

The committee heard that whilst working at a dental practice, Ms Graham altered patient records to show their status as exempt from paying NHS charges. She then took the money they had already paid for their treatment. She also took cash from the till after amending other patient accounts to show they were due a refund.

Ms Graham, who was not present at the hearing will be struck off the Medical Register unless she exercises her right to appeal within 28 days.

Concluding the case, the committee’s chairman said: “In view of the serious and repeated dishonest and criminal conduct the appropriate and proportionate sanction that would serve to declare and uphold standards, protect the public and safeguard public confidence in the profession would be to erase her name from the dentists’ register”.

The hearing heard that Ms Graham had expressed remorse for her offence and had stated in emails to the GDC that she had “brought shame upon herself, family and friends.”