Fake doctor convicted of impersonating GP after examining patient

A fake doctor convinced a surgery to allow him to examine a patient after turning up with a plastic bag full of false qualifications, a court heard.

Photograph: istock
Photograph: istock

Raj Patel, 33, was convicted Friday afternoon by Basildon Crown Court, Essex, of attempting to obtain pecuniary advantage by deception by falsely representing a registered GP.

Patel, of North Circular Road, Barnet, north London, a recruitment consultant for a locum agency, used his inside knowledge of the industry to exploit security loopholes and steal the identity of a namesake doctor practising in Ipswich – obtaining a GMC registration number.

He then contacted a medical defence organisation, and after several phone calls, managed to convince it to send a copy of the real Raj Patel’s membership certificate to his London address.

Despite arriving with a shabby bundle of photocopied certificates and stumbling his way through a 30 minute interview, the prospective locum doctor was asked back to spend two days shadowing a GP at Warrior Square Surgery in Southend, Essex, the jury were told.

Suspicions were aroused when Patel showed a lack of basic medical knowledge when examining a female patient.

Mr Patel was deemed unfit to plead before the start of the trial after the judge considered two psychiatric reports.

Judge John Lodge adjourned sentencing for six weeks to consider reports, but said Patel faces either a hospital order or a supervision order with psychiatric treatment.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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