- Aug 1, 2014
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London (CNN) — Up to 3,000 foreign doctors in the UK are having their backgrounds checked after it emerged that a fake psychiatrist with no qualifications was allowed to practice for over 22 years. Zholia Alemi was jailed for fraud in October after she changed an elderly client's will to make herself a beneficiary. She was also found to have stolen a number of the woman's watches and was sentenced to five years in prison.
One would have thought the UK would have done something after this story surfaced:
Four years ago a doctor's error led to Laura Gallazzi's baby being decapitated during delivery. Dr Vaishnavy Laxman, 43, should have given the 30-year old patient an emergency caesarean section as the premature infant was in a breech position, but instead tried to carry out a natural delivery. Dr Laxman, who qualified in India before coming to the UK in 2004, denied any wrongdoing at a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester
The Indian doctor in that case was cleared to practice medicine again only a few months ago. You'd think that Britain had suddenly confused their ankle with their elbow... No that would be Ireland:
The president of the High Court has expressed concern at how a doctor with "such sub-standard medical knowledge" - including mistaking an ankle for an elbow in an x-ray - could have been employed in three different hospitals. After the judge confirmed his striking off, Dr Hassan, who qualified in Sudan, said "for me it is meaningless".