Public Statement - Amandeep Singh – Assistant in Nursing - Permanent Prohibition Order
9 June 2021
The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (Commission) investigated the conduct of Mr Amandeep Singh. Mr Singh was employed as an Assistant in Nursing (AIN) at Southern Cross Care Marsfield Residential Aged Care (the Facility).
In his capacity as an AIN, Mr Singh is considered to be an unregistered health practitioner and subject to the Code of Conduct for unregistered health practitioners (Code of Conduct) set out in schedule 3 of the Public Health Regulation 2012.
The offences occurred while Mr Singh provided care to two residents at the Facility between 27 March 2020 and 11 December 2020.
As an AIN, Mr Singh was employed to attend to the personal care needs of aged care residents at the Facility under limited or indirect supervision. Mr Singh had access to residents’ rooms, including the rooms of Resident A and Resident B. Resident A suffers from dementia and Resident B is subject to a NSW Guardian & Trustee order.
In relation to Resident A, Mr Singh admitted that between 27 March 2020 and 7 November 2020 he removed Resident A’s debit card from her bedside drawer and used it, without permission, to make 320 transactions totaling $9,029.81 for his own benefit.
In relation to Resident B, Mr Singh admitted that between 30 November 2020 and 11 December 2020 he used Resident B’s debit card, without permission, to make 56 transactions totaling $1,285.85 for his own benefit.
On 4 February 2021 Mr Singh was charged with two counts of Dishonestly obtain property by deception under s192E(1)(a) Crimes Act 1900.
Mr Singh pled guilty and, on 31 March 2021 Mr Singh was convicted of the 2 offences and sentenced as follows:
Offence against Resident A
Mr Singh was ordered to pay a fine of $1,000 and compensation to Resident A in the amount of $9.069.81. Mr Singh was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 12 months to commence on 31 March 2021 and expiring on 30 March 2022. The term of imprisonment is to be served by way of intensive correction in the community in accordance with the Crimes (Administration of Sentence) Act 1999. Mr Singh is to perform 100 hours community service work.
Offence against Resident B
Mr Singh was ordered to pay a fine of $500 and compensation to Resident AB in the amount of $1,285.85. Mr Singh is sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 6 months to commence on 31 March 2021 and expiring on 30 September 2021. The term of imprisonment is to be served by way of intensive correction in the community in accordance with the Crimes (Administration of Sentence) Act 1999. Mr Singh is to perform 50 hours community service work.
The Commission’s investigation found that in providing services as an AIN to elderly residents, Mr Singh was afforded significant trust by the residents of the Facility and their families to provide a safe environment and deliver appropriate health to residents who were particularly vulnerable.
Mr Singh’s conduct demonstrated planning and premeditation. He deliberately took advantage of his professional position and capacity to access the personal effects of the residents entrusted into his care for his own financial gain.
The Commission considers that based on Mr Singh’s convictions and conduct, he has breached clause 3(1) of the Code of Conduct, in that he failed to provide health services in a safe and ethical manner. The Commission also considers that Mr Singh poses a significant risk to the health and safety of members of the public.
Accordingly, the Commission makes the following prohibition order under section 41A(2)(a) of the Health Care Complaints Act 1993 (Act):
Mr Amandeep Singh is permanently prohibited from providing all health services in any capacity, either paid or voluntary.
For the purposes of this order, a health services carries the same meaning as defined under section 4 of the Act.
Access the Commission’s Statement of Decision here.
Access to the Commission's media release here.
Access to the Commission’s Prohibition Order here.
For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 9219 7444 or send an email to email@example.com
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