Walberton nurse struck off for stealing dying man's Rolex at St Richard's Hospital

A Walberton nursing manager who stole a dying man's Rolex has been struck off the medical register.

Monday, 12th June 2017, 4:20 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 3:06 am
Joseph Miller, 40, said he initially took the watch by mistake

Joseph Miller, 40, of Barnham Lane, Walberton, was last year sentenced for stealing the £5,000 watch from David Davis in August 2014, as he was being treated at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, where Miller worked.

18 months later, he took it to a jewellers, who realised it was stolen and called the police, Portsmouth Crown Court heard in August 2016.

Miller was given a 14-month suspended sentenced and fined £8,000, having pleaded guilty.

On May 26, the Nursing and Midwifery Council held a hearing into Miller’s conduct, where a panel handed him a striking off order. The decision notice states that the panel agreed and ‘concluded that the seriousness of the case is incompatible with ongoing registration; the misconduct represents a significant departure from the code of conduct and involves a dishonest breach of trust which Mr Miller made efforts to cover up. “The panel agreed that a striking-off order is appropriate to adequately meet the public interest in maintaining public confidence in the profession, and would send the public and the profession a clear message about the standards required of a registered nurse.”

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