Shamed nurse refunds sick pay

  1. Shamed nurse refunds sick pay May 13 2004




    By Neil Elkes, Evening Mail


    A shamed Birmingham senior nurse has been ordered to pay back more than 1,800 after admitting claiming sick pay while working for an agency.

    Suryadev Gunessee, aged 48, who claimed the sick pay from the City Hospital while carrying out agency work at other hospitals in the region, was also given a 12-month community rehabilitation order. Sutton Coldfield Magistrates heard that he was found out by bosses following an anonymous tip off. They confirmed the accusation by comparing his sick leave dates to agency time sheets.

    The court heard that Gunessee, pictured, who had worked at the City Hospital since 1993, had covered night shifts at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, George Elliot Hospital, Nuneaton, and Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley for the NHS Professionals agency. Gunesse, of Leyland Road, Nuneaton pleaded guilty to defrauding the NHS on at least 20 occasions by claiming sick pay he was not entitled to.

    Magistrates ordered him to pay back 1,868, the total sick pay plus cost of staff to cover for absence. The court heard that when challenged with the evidence in February Gunessee admitted the fraud and resigned.

    Solicitor Colin Baran, defending, said that Gunessee was saddled with 40,000 of debt and the demands of being a bread winner for his wife and three boys.

    He had lost his job, lost respect, lost friends and lost his credibility, he added.

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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    ugh, liars liars everywhere.
  4. by   Torachan
    I don't blame the guy at all. All he did was take days off he was entitled to and did what he wanted. Happens all the time. I'd prefer to watch the tele or go to the beach on my sickies but I guess he really wanted to work
  5. by   Tweety
    Quote from Torachan
    I don't blame the guy at all. All he did was take days off he was entitled to and did what he wanted. Happens all the time. I'd prefer to watch the tele or go to the beach on my sickies but I guess he really wanted to work

    Depends on how sick time is paid. Some places have sick time for being sick and vacation time for time off.

    Sick days are not entitled days off. They are for when a person is sick. Now, I'm not so high and mighty that I wouldn't take a mental health day. But to take a series of days claiming sickness is wrong.

    Now if a person schedules a vacation and works another job while off that's his business.

    I agree with Deb: liar.
  6. by   Torachan
    Might just be an Australian attitude. But then again what do employers expect when they pay the award pay. By paying the award rate an employer says "if I could pay you less I would". Does a lot for motivation. I am not saying that more $$$ = motivated workers. I worked in one hotel where our hourly rate was doubled. Morale dropped through the floor. I mean why did the people who dragged the chain given a pay rise?

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