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‘Dishonest and untrustworthy’ woman forged documents to get work as a carer

A CARER who was struck off amid allegations of theft forged documents to allow her to continue to work – and stole from a family she was looking after.

Veronica Newton, 41, falsified a police record to get another job and kept up the charade until other clients reported things missing from their homes. Even when she was confronted by bosses, she brazenly maintained the lies and made a fake phone call to the authorities to try to cover her tracks. However, the call was recorded and it was discovered that she had been put on hold and the conversation she pretended to have had not been with anybody.

Mother-of-two Newton, of Malvern Crescent, Darlington, was condemned by a judge at Teesside Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday), but was allowed to walk free. Recorder Martin Bethel, QC, imposed an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with supervision and unpaid work, and told her: “You must never ever work in this sort of employment in the future because you have demonstrated you are a thoroughly dishonest and untrustworthy person.”

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Dishonest: Veronica Newton leaving court



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Midwife Olabisi Ajala at Northwick Park Hospital is struck off for misconduct

The Nursing and Midwifery Council booted Olabisi Ajala out of her profession after they ruled her conduct had resulted in an impairment in her fitness to practise. The panel heard she demanded she take a break when a patient required an emergency and refused to attend to an expectant mum in the delivery suite in December 2011. She finally agreed after a senior colleague stepped and when the father asked her to weigh the baby and she replied: ‘Is that part of my job?’ and shouted at him: ‘I do not like the way you are speaking to me in front of my colleagues.’

The father said she acted so aggressively he felt unable to leave his baby in Ajala’s care, the panel heard. Her colleague described her as coming across as ‘abrupt’ and ‘challenging,’ after which he led her away. Later that afternoon Ajala pressed an emergency buzzer after the baby of an expectant mother’s heart rate suddenly decreased but when a doctor said the required an emergency C-section she demanded she take a break.

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