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Nurse struck off after taking home £16,000 compensation in 'cash for crash' scam

Nicola Bartlett was a nurse at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr hospital in Ystrad Mynach.

A nurse has been struck off for faking injuries to pocket more than £16,000 in a bogus "crash for cash" insurance scam.

50-year-old Nicola Bartlett, from Caerphilly County, lied about suffering injuries in a car crash while working in a hospital A&E department - saying another driver ploughed into her car writing it off.

The former nurse at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr hospital in Ystrad Mynach took home £16,764 in compensation.

A fitness to practice hearing was told Bartlett was dismissed for gross misconduct from Aneurin Bevan Health Board in August 2016 and was jailed for 12 months.

Now a Nursing and Midwifery Council panel has handed Bartlett a striking off order - stopping her from working as a nurse for life.

She was one of more than 150 people in Britain's biggest ever "crash for cash" insurance racket.

Easifix garage in Newport, Gwent, helped stage 28 fraudulent crashes to collect pay-outs totalling £750,000 between 2009 and 2011.

A disciplinary hearing was told suspicious police had already began investigating the garage which wrote off Mrs Bartlett's 'damaged' vehicle.

They were caught out by their own CCTV cameras showing a Land Rover being deliberately driven into a forklift truck.

The family-run garage business netted £2 million from the insurance scam.

Panel Chair Robert Barnwell said allowing Mrs Bartlett to continue as a nurse would 'undermine public confidence':

The panel was of the view that the circumstances in this particular case demonstrate that Mrs Bartlett's actions were serious and to allow her to continue practising would undermine public confidence in the profession and in the NMC as a regulatory body.

– Robert Barnwell, Panel Chair