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Inquiry into claim of theft from patient.

Byline: By Steve Johnson

THE son of a West Bromwich pensioner is calling in the police after claiming his father had money stolen while a patient at Sandwell Hospital.

Ben Nock alleged his 88-year-old father Bernard had more than pounds 20 go missing after being taken into hospital following a fall.

Mr Nock, aged 55, from Kidderminster, has written to Sandwell Hospital director Matthew Dodd to make a formal complaint about the alleged theft and he is also asking police to investigate.

Mr Nock said his father, of Blacksmith Way, West Bromwich, suffered a fall at his sheltered accommodation on February 27 and was taken by ambulance to the accident and emergency department at Sandwell Hospital.

"My father had over pounds 20 in his pockets when the carers at his home put on his coat for the trip.

"From the A&E department he was transferred to the Emergency Assessment Unit at Sandwell Hospital.

"By the time I was able to visit him two days later on Priory 4 ward his money had gone," added Mr Nock.

Mr Nock said he had written to Mr Dodd on March 7, detailing the alleged crime and "other matters of poor care".

"I have had a response from Mr Dodd dated March 19, in which he has informed me that the hospital's complaints department has been asked to look into this matter.

"I am also making a formal complaint to the police."

Det Ch Insp Danny Long, of West Bromwich CID, said today that if Mr Nock made a report of an alleged offence it would be fully investigated.

Mr Dodd, deputy chief operating officer with the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, said today: "The trust has recently received a formal complaint from Bernard Nock's family regarding missing money."

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