One of Lancashire’s most senior midwives has been struck off for an alleged overtime fiddle lasting more than six months.

Nursing chiefs told Kay Fazackerley she dishonestly claimed extra pay, amounting to a ‘substantial sum of money’, while working as the antenatal clinic manager at Chorley Hospital.

Fazackerley claimed, during a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) fitness to practise hearing, that she had been given authorisation to claim back extra hours as overtime. But a NMC panel heard at least once she claimed a full day’s pay and two hours’ overtime on a bank holiday when the clinic was closed.

She was caught out when hospital matron Sue Sherlock raised concerns about the manager making repeated overtime claims.

The panel heard Fazackerley worked alongside another midwife at the unit – but that person had left in September 2008 and not been replaced.

Fazackerley made a number of requests for extra support from her bosses at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, as she felt under pressure and overworked. This resulted in Ms Sherlock authorising a one-off payment for 44 hours of accrued overtime, during that period, the NMC hearing was told.

But Fazackerley continued to claim an extra two hours, most days between May and October 2009, without permission from her bosses.