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Care boss's fury at jailed worker
A FURIOUS care company manager has condemned the “shameful” behaviour of one of her sacked carers who stole money from a vulnerable elderly woman.
Berni McCormick, registered manager at Allied healthcare, says she shares the disgust of the victims’ families after employee Diane Carpenter was jailed for six months at Worcester Crown Court for stealing from four women in her care.
Carpenter even plundered the funeral fund of 79-year-old June Morris and stole medication.
The 44-year-old, of Main Road, Hallow, was caught when the daughter of the late Mrs Morris, who died before she could see Carpenter jailed, began writing down the serial number of her mother’s bank notes, as reported in your Worcester News yesterday.
The family are expected to get the £340 cash Carpenter had taken but not £5,000 that had been taken before this over an estimated period of three months, for which nobody has been charged.
Mrs McCormick said all staff at Allied Healthcare, formerly Saga Homecare, were subject to “robust CRB and reference checks” and that Carpenter had come back clean before she was employed.
The company, which provides home care, nursing services at home, specialist services and healthcare staffing and locum services, describes itself as the “UK’s most popular home care provider”.
Mrs McCormick said: “As the branch manager, myself and the company share in the family’s anger and disgust at the behaviour of this individual.
“We have worked tirelessly with both the police and families who have been affected by this person to ensure she was brought to justice.
“I am delighted that justice has been done and it sends out a very clear message that someone who acts in this way will be pursued and dealt with appropriately by the courts.
“We have a very dedicated work force of carers who work hard at meeting the needs of the most vulnerable in our society.
“Day in day out, they deliver the very highest levels of care and compassion, and it’s disgraceful and shameful to treat people in this way and damage the reputation of a team dedicated to caring for the people we support.”
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