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Jailed male nurse is struck off

A male mental health nurse has been struck off for stealing £7,000 from a patient at Portland Care Homes in Derby.

Adrian Mauger, 46, raided the patient's National Savings account 25 times between March 2005 and January 2008.

The patient, referred to as Mr A, had serious mental health problems and learning disabilities and was dependent on Mauger to manage his financial affairs.

Mauger pleaded guilty to five charges of theft and two charges of fraud by abuse of position at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court on June 17, 2008. He was sentenced at Derby Crown Court to nine months in prison.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council decided he should be struck off at a hearing at Aldwych, London, on Monday.

The panel said it agreed with the sentencing judge that the offence was so mean that only an immediate prison sentence could follow; that Mr A was wholly dependant upon Mauger to manage his financial affairs and that others trusted him to do so.

The panel described Mauger's actions as "terrible breaches of trust" which impaired his fitness to practise. He did not attend the hearing.

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