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.