Nurse struck off for faking injuries in ‘crash for cash’ scam –

Nicola Bartlett, 50, has been struck off (Picture: Wales News Service)

A nurse has been struck off for faking injuries to get more than £16,000 compensation.

Nicola Bartlett, 50, lied that she suffered injuries in a car crash while working in a hospital A&E department.

The NHS nurse claimed another driver ploughed into her car, writing it off, and was given £16,764.

But a disciplinary hearing was told suspicious police had already began investigating the dodgy garage which wrote off her ‘damaged’ vehicle in Britain’s biggest ever ‘crash for cash’ insurance scam.

Easifix garage in Newport, Gwent, 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 LandRover being deliberately driven into a forklift truck.

One of the cars involved in the ‘crash for cash’ ring (Picture: Wales News Service)
More than 150 people caught out in the ‘crash for cash’ racket (Picture: Wales News Service)

Bartlett also treated her dad in hospital for injuries from another bogus crash and made medical notes.

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

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

Panel Chair Robert Barnwell said: ‘Mrs Bartlett’s actions were significant departures from the standards expected of a registered nurse, and are fundamentally incompatible with Mrs Bartlett remaining on the register.

It was centred on a garage in Newport, South Wales (Picture: Wales News Service)

‘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.’

Bartlett had been working at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr in Hengoed, near Caerphilly, South Wales.
Bartlett, of Bargoed, near Caerphilly, was jailed for one year at Cardiff Crown Court in 2018.

She was one of more than 150 people caught out in the ‘crash for cash’ racket.

The family-run garage business netted £2 million by conspiring with a web of friends and relatives.

The family members helped stage fake car crashes for themselves and for others in order to make bogus compensation claims.

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