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Nurse sacked for moonlighting as DJ.


A BIRMINGHAM nurse has been struck off after she was caught moonlighting as a religious radio presenter.

Neelam Jaswal was signed off sick after telling her bosses at Northfield's Royal Orthopaedic Hospital that she had shoulder pain.

But they were tipped off anonymously that she was working for West Bromwichbased The Voice Asia, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. And she claimed she had been doing "God's work" when she was rumbled, the NMC was told.

The hospital's deputy director of nursing, Heidi Peakman, said staff were tipped off that Jaswal was earning a "grand a month" working for the station at weekends and claiming sick pay from her day job.

"We asked if she was conducting work elsewhere, and she said she was not," Ms Peakman said.

"It was not until we told her we had received a complaint that she was working for the radio station that she made any kind of admission.

"She said she found the work uplifting as being something good and God's work."

The hospital discovered Jaswal had worked at the station while claiming sick pay for 35 days, the NMC heard.

Jaswal, who did not attend the London hearing, quit the hospital to avoid being sacked.

She was found guilty of dishonestly undertaking paid work while on sick leave and not declaring she was working elsewhere.

Jaswal also failed to disclose why she left the hospital when applying for a new job with South Birmingham Community Health. The panel found her fitness to practise impaired by reason of misconduct and ordered her removal from the profession.

A representative from Voice Asia refused to comment.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Feb 15, 2013
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