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

Joseph Miller, 40, said he initially took the watch by mistake
Joseph Miller, 40, said he initially took the watch by mistake
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A Walberton nursing manager who stole a dying man’s Rolex has been struck off the medical register.

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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