Nurse who staged accident, faked her injuries to claim compensation in £750,000 'crash for cash' scam is banned from the profession for life

 A nurse has been struck off for faking injuries to claim more than £16,000 in a 'crash for cash' insurance scam. Nicola Bartlett, 50, told insurers that she suffered injuries in a car crash while working in the A&E department of Ystrad Fawr hospital near Caerphilly.

The NHS nurse managed to get £16,764 in compensation after saying another driver ploughed into her car and wrote it off.

But the crash was one of a series staged with the help of a local garage and Bartlett was one of five people later jailed.

She had previously pleaded to be allowed to return to work after being freed, claiming:  'I possess a vast range of knowledge, skills and many positive qualities to offer the nursing profession.'

But a medical standards panel rejected her claims, finding she had damaged public faith in the profession. 

A disciplinary hearing was told police became suspicious and investigated a garage which had written off her 'damaged' car.

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

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





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