Ayesha Basharat has been jailed (Image: WMP / SWNS)

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A hospital worker bought crisps, sweets and fizzy drinks with a patient's bank card minutes after she died.

Ayesha Basharat, 23, took the dead woman's card and used it to buy food at a vending machine at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham.

The 83-year-old patient died at 1.56pm on January 24 and just 17 minutes later Basharat made six £1 contactless purchases.

That evening, the worker made another £1 purchase before trying again four days later when she returned to work, but by then the card had been cancelled, Birmingham Live reports.

The healthcare assistant, from Sparkhill, Birmingham, still had the dead patient's bank card with her when she was arrested while on shift on a Covid ward.

Ayesha Basharat has been jailed
(Image: WMP / SWNS)

She alleged that she had found the card on the floor and had got confused, thinking it was her own – despite the cards being different colours.

Basharat also did not follow the hospital's protocol around lost property.

The hospital worker admitted theft and fraud by false representation at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday and she was given two five-month jail terms to run concurrently, both suspended for 18 months.

The incident happened at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham
(Image: SWNS)

Investigating officer DC Andrew Snowdon from our Force CID 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."

He added: “Our Hospital Liaison Officer worked closely with Heartlands security team to gather evidence in this case. I’d like to thank them and the victim’s family for their support during the investigation.

“I wish the family all the best for the future and with this conviction hope they can move on from this upsetting episode.”