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Moonlighting hospital nurse banned by NMC

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A nurse who moonlighted from one hospital to work full time at another 150 miles away has been banned from nursing for one year.

Athene Baiete-Coker was already employed at the University Hospital of Wales (UHW), Cardiff, when she took another job at Guy’s and St Thomas’ in London and soon began taking sick leave from one so she could carry on working at the other.

Baiete-Coker, 32, from Sierra Leone, she said she wanted to live in London with her fiance, but her mother in Cardiff was ill with a brain tumour and she had to look after her.

She said: ‘In my culture, the eldest automatically becomes the main provider or sole provider.’

The conduct and competence committee of the NMC heard that Baiete-Coker had already admitted five charges of false accounting, obtaining £5,202 by deception and falsifying documents.

For that she had been sentenced by Cardiff magistrates to four months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to carry out 250 hours unpaid work and pay £2,000 compensation.

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