Criminal nurse is struck off register
A NURSE with a string of criminal convictions has been kicked out of the profession for lying repeatedly about her past and stealing from a patient.
Laura Langton, aged 32, failed to reveal six spent convictions, including theft and obtaining property by deception, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.
She also forged boyfriend Michael Elliot’s signature on a reference she wrote when applying for a job in the Accident & Emergency department at Barnsley Hospital in April 2008.
Langton was caught out soon after landing the job, when a patient accused her of stealing money from her handbag in October 2008.
After an internal inquiry, the NHS Foundation Trust dismissed her in January 2009.
It was not until her fingerprints were taken by South Yorkshire Police that Langton’s secret criminal past was uncovered. Officers discovered she had been convicted under the name of Laura Andrews.
Deborah Baljit, for the NMC, said: “This led to a further investigation from her employer in relation to her job application forms.”
After she was dismissed, Langton applied for work with a recruitment agency and as an NVQ assessor.
The nurse lied again, and said she left Barnsley Hospital due to ‘personal reasons’ when in fact she was sacked from her position.
Langton, who did not attend the central London hearing, had been asked to reveal any names she had previously used for an obligatory Criminal Records Bureau check when she applied for the post at Barnsley Hospital.
She admitted using four other surnames in the past, including Bell and Bluff, but failed to record the surname she was convicted under, which meant checks showed her to have a clean record.
In May 2009, Langton admitted dishonestly making false representations, obtaining pecuniary advantage by deception and theft from a patient.
Chair of the NMC panel Linda Parkin said that the only proportionate sanction was a striking-off order.
Mrs Parkin said: “Confidence in the council would be seriously undermined if the registrant was not removed from the register.”
She said Langton had not behaved in accordance with the NMC code.