But a court heard how the bank cards were different colours and that Basharat had ignored hospital protocol around patient lost property.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Andrew Snowdon, from West Midlands Police, said: “This was an abhorrent breach of trust and distressing for the victim’s family.
“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.
“Our hospital liaison officer worked closely with Heartlands security team to gather evidence in this case.
A spokesperson for University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust said: “Ayesha Basharat was immediately suspended when this incident came to light and all steps were taken to support the patient’s family.
“The Trust has fully supported the police with their investigation and a result of Ms Basharat’s conviction, the Trust will now proceed with our internal HR processes, with due consideration given to the criminal conviction that Ms Basharat has received.
“We would like to offer our sympathies to the patient’s family and sincerely apologise for their experience; this incident is disgraceful and clearly fell short of the high standards of integrity that we all expect of NHS employees.”
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