A BOROUGH social worker has been struck off for falsely claiming six of her relatives had died to get paid compassionate leave.
Rachael Miles told Solihull Council that her father, mother, aunt, uncle, brother and ex-husband had all died, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) said at a tribunal.
In February 2010, two weeks after starting work, Ms Miles said she had received a phone call telling her that her father had been involved in a car accident, and she went home, the panel said. A few days later, she reported he had died, and a week’s compassionate leave was authorised. Over the next two years she made a series of further false claims including that her mother had died during surgery and that her ex-husband had hanged himself. The tribunal heard that Ms Miles claims to have no recollection of telling the council about the six “bereavements”.
Alexander Yule, chairing proceedings, said the social worker had shown “very little remorse” for the effect of her actions.