Saturday, 1 October 2011

'Fake' nurse

A ‘fake’ nurse who treated hundreds of patients despite allegedly not holding any medical qualifications has been arrested.

The 46-year, who worked at GP surgeries for more than four years, was responsible for checking hundreds of women for cervical cancer and administering jabs to children.

She had previously worked as a healthcare assistant – a role which does not require any nursing training or even a GCSE. But she managed to pose as a nurse in four surgeries in Chatham and Gillingham, Kent, and one in Essex over more than four years.

Letters have since gone out to more than 1,400 patients within Kent and Medway Primary Care Trust who are thought to have been seen by the woman. This includes more than 300 women who had smear tests to check for cervical cancer as well as 500 children who were given routine jabs for TB, polio, measles, mumps and rubella.

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