Staff arrested over theft from hospital patients

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SENIOR managers at Milton Keynes Hospital have issued an apology after it was found that a number of patients had been robbed while in their care.

Three hospital staff members have now been arrested on suspicion of robbery and subsequently bailed as investigations continue. However, it is not yet known how many people have fallen foul of the thieves.

The three people arrested include a 43-year-old woman and a 48-year-old man, both from Milton Keynes who have been bailed to appear at Milton Keynes Police station on May 7.

A 56-year-old woman, also from the city, has been bailed to appear at the same place but on May 8.

The thefts are reported to have taken place at the hospital between Thursday and Saturday.

Darren Leech, chief operating officer at Milton Keynes Hospital, said: “It is with great disappointment that we report that there have been some thefts from patients staying at our hospital. This is completely unacceptable and we are taking immediate action.

“We have informed the police and are working closely with them. Investigations are ongoing. As part of these investigations, three staff members have been arrested and bailed.

“We would like to say sorry to the patients who have had items taken from them, and the distress caused to them and to their families.

“We can reassure patients that we are working hard to secure the return of these items and will assist the police in ensuring that those responsible are held accountable.

“Any staff suspected of involvement will be suspended while investigations are carried out, and disciplinary action will be taken against any staff found to be involved.”

Police have confirmed that they are currently investigating reports of thefts from patients at the hospital.