CV scam cost NHS £37,186
The NHS is £37,186 out of pocket after a recruitment consultant changed eight foreign doctor’s CVs to secure them jobs in its hospitals.
Ross Etherson pleaded guilty to 21 counts of making or supplying articles for use in fraud at Isleworth Crown Court. Whilst working for Midas Medical Recruitment in 2009, he created fake references and altered doctors’ CVs. He was finally arrested in 2010, reports recruiter.co.uk.
Judge Robin Johnson said that it was “purely down to luck” that no patients had been harmed at the hand of the inexperienced doctors.
“The facts of this case reveal that some responsible NHS managers carried out proper checks on doctors and revealed this fraud,” he noted.
“Such managers are to be commended. However, there are other instances where doctors were appointed where not only were CVs false but that references were given from fictitious persons – generally from imaginary consultants. It appears therefore that over this period there were occasions where no proper check was made on important references.”
He added that it is concerning no one else linked with the scam has been arrested or tried. Judge Johnson believes that Mr Etherson is at “the lowest end of responsibility”, as the court was told that the consultant was encouraged to alter people’s CVs at Midas. Mr Etherson operated under a pseudonym and it was common practice to pass issues on to a fictional manager.
The doctors who had their CVs changed knew nothing about the scam, reports dailymail.co.uk